Symbols of Cosmic Descent in Byzantine Imagery

A lecture by Dr Richard Temple of the Temple Gallery. The contemplative or Hesychast tradition of the early Christian monasteries, drawing on universal traditions of knowledge including Gnostic and Neo-Platonist spirituality, encouraged practices that could lead to mystical insight. The ‘revival’ of Hesychasm in the 14th century coincides with the development in icon painting in the period known as the Paleologan Renaissance. A distinctive new style and mannerisms have established that […]


Leventis Lectures Series and Celebratory Event

The Leventis Lecture Series is part of the A.G. Leventis Foundation Initiative on the Impact of Greek Culture in the ancient and modern world. This year’s event celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Foundation’s long standing support of the University of Exeter. Exeter academics Prof Neville Morley, Classics and Ancient History and Prof Karen Ni Mheallaigh, Classics and Ancient History will both give lectures to be followed by an opportunity […]