Western Lecture Series

Engaging speakers and scholars deliver talks on a variety of academic subjects and world affairs. Presentations are designed to expand your knowledge base, provoke thought, enhance understanding and inspire creativity. Every lecture introduces a distinct and interesting topic. Offered throughout the year, the Western Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Armenia: The First Christian Kingdom

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Speaker: Pat Lowinger
Location: Olympic College - Poulsbo (Room 105) | Directions to OC
Lecture Description
: At the dawn of the 4th century C.E., the Kingdom of Armenia became the first people and nation to embrace Christianity as a state religion. This adoption came nearly 80 years before the Edict of Thessalonica, which established Christianity as the state religion within the Roman Empire.  Despite Armenia's longstanding Christian tradition, in 554 C.E., the Armenian Church severed all ties with Rome and Constantinople. What did this break mean for Christians living in Asia Minor, the Near East and Mesopotamia? This discussion focuses on Armenia's religious, social and political history during the 4th through mid 7th centuries C.E.
Presenter Bio: Patrick Lowinger is a historian and freelance writer. Patrick possesses an M.A. in ancient history from AMU and a B.S. in microbiology from CSULB. In addition to teaching, Patrick is currently pursuing an additional postgraduate degree in archaeology from the University of Leicester.
Pat’s interest and area of focus are on the people and societies of the ancient Mediterranean – from the Late Bronze Age through Early Medieval periods. As an active member of the Association of Ancient Historians, Pat remains academically engaged – having just spent the summer in Romania doing archaeological field work.

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