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Lecture-Century of Miracles: Legends of the Cross


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The Archive-Library will be hosting a UCSB History Associates Talk on April 14th! Get your tickets soon!

A Century of Miracles: the Legend of the Cross-Hal Drake, Professor Emeritus of Roman History at UCSB

At the start of the fourth century, Christians in the Roman empire were a small minority, enduring what came to be called The Great Persecution. When it ended, they were the dominant religion in what soon became a Christian Roman Empire. The story of this dramatic change is usually told through its councils and creeds, and the interference of emperors in Church decision-making. In his new book, A Century of Miracles (Oxford University Press), Hal Drake seeks a new perspective by looking instead at famous miracles, such as Constantine the Great's famous "Vision of the Cross." His lecture will use a series of 16th-century woodcuts to illustrate the most important and popular story to come out of this time, The Legend of the Cross, which tells how Christianity's most sacred relic was discovered by Constantine's mother, Helena. Such storytelling, Drake says, explains how Christianity was able to survive the disastrous sack of Rome in 410.

2201 Laguna Street April 14, 2018 , 2:00 pm — A reception will follow the talk.

Tickets: $5 (History Associates members and guests); $7 (non-members); (students free)
To purchase Tickets: leave a message at 1-805-300-4016; or e-mail jsmcgee@history.ucsb.edu) by April 12.