A talk by journalist and prize-winning author Catherine Nixey. Christianity’s conquest of the West entailed an orgy of destruction in which the followers of Jesus attacked and suppressed classical culture which helped to pitch Western civilization into a thousand-year-long decline. Just one percent of Latin literature survived the great purge; countless antiquities, artworks, and ancient traditions were lost forever. As Catherine Nixey will discuss, evidence of early Christians’ campaign of terror has been hiding in plain sight: in the palimpsests and shattered statues proudly displayed in churches and museums the world over. Catherine Nixey taught classics before becoming a journalist at The Times. Her first book, The Darkening Age, won a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award.