Redeeming Classical Antiquity in the Middle Ages

The culture of antiquity played an important role in the literary and artistic endeavors of the Middle Ages. By the Department of Medieval Art and The CloistersMetropolitan Museum of Art Introduction The classical heritage flourished throughout the Middle Ages in both the Byzantine Greek East and the Latin West. The Byzantines, who called themselves Rhomaioi,[…]

Ritual and Ritual Obligations: Perspectives on Normativity from Classical China

Handscroll, ink and color on silk, 24.4 x 343.8 cm / British Library Exploring some of the theories that arose in classical China  concerning the ways in which normativity could be construed in ritual terms. By Dr. Michael Pruett / 09.19.2015 Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Anthropology Harvard University Introduction The goal[…]