Past Event

Columbia Classical Civilization Seminar: Campbell Grey (University of Pennsylvania)

April 18, 2019
5:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Columbia University Faculty House

Thursday, April 18th, 7:30pm

Campbell Grey (University of Pennsylvania)

Sacred Landscapes of Germanus: Movement, Power and Identity

Faculty House (please check the signs in the lobby for precise location)


Professor Grey has kindly shared an abstract of his upcoming talk with us: 

Constantius of Lyon’s Vita Germani recounts the life, deeds, and—above all—travels of Germanus, bishop of Auxerre in the first half of the fifth century. This paper draws upon phenomenological approaches to landscape in making three propositions. First, narratives of movement around the landscape in this text are explicitly aimed at making claims to power. Second, we observe two complementary and, at times, conflictual mechanisms for organizing and traversing that landscape. And, third, the text offers small but significant glimpses of the agency of the countryfolk of northern Italy and Gaul—and, by extension, their collective claims to identity.

We look forward to seeing many of you at the last talk of the academic year!



The evening will begin with drinks at 5:45 PM at the first-floor lounge of Faculty House, followed by dinner at 6:15 PM. Please email our rapporteur, Lien Van Geel ( by noon on Monday, April 15th, in order to make a dinner reservation. Note that the price of the meal is $30, payable only by check to "Columbia University." Professor Grey's lecture will begin promptly at 7:30 PM.