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Columcille in Context: Theologians and Historians in Conversation to Commemorate the 15th Centenary of the Birth of Saint Columba of Iona (521/ 2021)
Meredith Cutrer
Michael Biggs Scholar, DPhil Candidate, Oxford University

St Columba and the Fathers

St Columba's life and memory, as recorded and perpetuated by his monastic familia, consciously placed him in the tradition of a number of prominent late antique saints. This lecture will consider the saints his community drew upon to craft St Columba's image with a particular focus on the enduring interest his community evinced in the Egyptian Desert Fathers, St Antony of Egypt and St Paul of Thebes. This presentation will show how these monastic pioneers were a crucial component of the Columban familia's cultural memory by examining key pieces of literature and art produced by his community from the seventh to the eleventh centuries.
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