Christianity in Provence: Tracing the Footsteps of Mary-Magdalene with Dr. Guillaume Durand

Christianity in Provence: Tracing the Footsteps of Mary-Magdalene with Dr. Guillaume Durand


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According to several Medieval legends, after the death of Christ, several of his followers departed Judea for southern France, landing at the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in Provence. During this discussion, we will re-trace the missionary work of Mary-Magdalene, Lazarus, and Martha in order to better understand their historical context. 

Together these three divided the region and conquered in order to spread the word of Christ. Mary-Magdalene was principally responsible for converting citizens of  Aix-en-Provence (Roman Aquae Sextiae and her legacy throughout the city has survived. Centuries later, the Count of Provence claimed that he had discovered the skull and some skeletal remains of Mary-Magdalene in a cave eastward Aix, at Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume. And thus, began one of the most important pilgrimages in France to worship these relics. 

Our interactive conservation will lead us into this Early Christian period in Southern France, where legends meet history and art. Starting with the figure of Mary-Magdalene, formerly considered the repent prostitute, we will understand who was this prominent figure of the Early Church and how Provence claims to have its relics. This will be the occasion then to turn towards history and art to discover some of the significant sites and artworks of the dawn of Christianity in Provence: the 4th-century Christian sarcophagi of Arles, the most extensive collection of this category outside Italy; the 5th-century baptistery of Fréjus and Aix-en-Provence; the crypt of Saint-Victor of Marseilles where we can see the sarcophagi attributed to Lazarus. 

Led by Guillaume Durand, Ph.D., an archaeologist and professor of Archaeology and Ancient Art History, our discussion will explore and study how Christianity developed in Southern France. We'll also come away with a foundational understanding of how vital Mary-Magdalene's legacy is for modern-day Christianity. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with increased knowledge of the Ancient Roman civilization through the scope of one of its most important regions. 

Passionate about the regions and countries at the crossroad of civilizations, Guillaume Durand Ph.D. has long standing expertise in Ancient art and archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin. Assistant dean and professor in archaeology and art history at the Institute for American Universities and the American College of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence, France, Guillaume has traveled many times in Iran during these six past years in order to study the Persian Empires. He is also a tourist guide / lecturer in this country for French citizens.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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