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Thanks so much for a very informative and rewarding session. I’m 62, an American university professor, and Catholic by birth though not practice. I was sent to school in Provence in the mid-1970s when I was 13 (in a very small village: Aups —> its county/commune of Var is Draguignan), I know Aix well, and was fascinated by the regional stories of Mary Magdalene, relics, etc., that I still remember, even with having had no formal background at that point in my life. Dr, Durand was informative, engaging, and I will keep my eye out out for future. offerings from him.
This is one of the best Context courses we have seen. The instructor is excellent. We are looking forward to his next course.
Dr Durand is such a great presenter, especially of things provençal. It was fascinating to uncover unusual theories behind some famous figures, and the history surrounding them.
Another scholarly presentation by Dr. Durand. Glad that he covered the issue of Mary Magdalene's probable actual life (a wealthy woman who helped sustain Jesus's mission) vs. prostitute. Inaccuracies explored (e.g., was not the wife of Jesus as in "DaVinci Code"), her possible travels to Provence described, and the problem of relics (real or not). The caves, basilicas, the sarcophagi, crypts. Fascinating expose, held my interest for sure.
Dr. Durand conveys a reverence for place -- his beloved Provence, but is completely scientific about its most famous citizen. This is a well-organized lecture delivered in a light-hearted manner. Thoroughly enjoyable. Absolutely informative.