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2009 Mellon Lecture: "Cassian and Perverted Virtue"

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 17, 5:15 p.m.

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Caldwell Hall, Monsignor Stephen J. Happel Room
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


Philip Rousseau, director of the Center for the Study of Early Christianity and Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Early Christian Studies, will deliver his 2009 Mellon Lecture, "Cassian and Perverted Virtue."

Director of the center since 2001, Rousseau specializes in Late Roman religion, with particular emphasis on ascetic culture; Greek and Latin Patristic literature of the fourth and fifth centuries; and the social and political history of the later Roman empire.

John Cassian (c. 360 - c. 430), a key figure in the early development of Christian ethics, discussed the major virtues and vices, the order in which they are either acquired (in the case of virtue) or rejected (in the case of vice), and the relations between them. What does his teaching suggest about the apparent virtues of those tainted by apparent vice?

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 202-319-5795.

SPONSOR: Center for the Study of Early Christianity