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New Meetup: Was there any intellectual life in the Middle Ages?

From: Alexandra
Sent on: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 11:19 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for "Ideas that shaped history" discussion group!

What: Was there any intellectual life in the Middle Ages?

When: Sunday, March 14,[masked]:30 PM

Laura's residence
949 N. Hill Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104

When you hear the words ?medieval?, or ?the Middle Ages?, the terms frequently express contempt. People say, ?That?s downright medieval!?, or ?Thank God we don?t live in the Middle Ages anymore!? when they disdain a certain belief, practice, or idea. It is generally believed that the Middle Ages was a period of precipitous decline of culture and stagnation after the glorious Classic period, and that after the fall of Rome in late 5th century, Europe descended into a thousand years of darkness, ignorance, and superstition. Common knowledge has it that books and people were burned during the Middle Ages, that just about everyone (even the priests and the high nobility) was illiterate and that people had extremely poor hygiene, as bathing was considered a sin. The economy was stagnant, the scientific and technological knowledge of the Greco-Roman world was almost entirely lost, and people lived on the verge of starvation. The arts, science and culture were virtually non-existent.

But how accurate is this picture of the Middle Ages? Is it possible for humanity to devolve so completely into a millennium of darkness, without a trace of intellectual activity?

Join us at our next meeting to explore these questions! We?ll look at the lives of some famous figures of the Middle Ages: Hildegard of Binden, Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, St. Francis of Assisi and many others. We will examine the life, religion and culture of the period (yes, there was such a thing as ?culture? during that period!), and at the end of the meeting, the way we look at the Middle Ages may never be the same. Don?t be intimidated if you don?t know a lot about this period in history?we need your perspective and experiences to throw into the mix.

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

1:30 p.m.?3:30 p.m.
Location: Laura's home (you have to be a member to see the exact location).
*Please bring a snack or beverage to share.

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