Stolen Images – Pagan Symbolism and Christianity by Peter Knight
Peter Knight lives in Wiltshire and is the author of eight books on ancient and sacred sites around the world. He is well-known for his talks, workshops and field trips which allow people to connect in new ways with the special sites they visit.
Peter returns to the Museum to talk about his major book ‘Stolen Images – Pagan Symbolism and Christianity. In his lecture, Peter will discuss how ancient Pagan symbols and myths were absorbed into Christianity to usurp pre-Christian belief systems, as well as to encapsulate archetypal power for the benefit of the new religion. Most Christian icons can be traced back to an older origin, and many churches were also sited on ancient holy places. The Church also took over existing Pagan festivals and turned them into saint’s days. This fascinating talk will link Egyptian, Norse, Greek, Roman, Babylonian, Celtic and other cultures to the new religion – you will be surprised at what you find! For instance, he will show how 15 ancient sun gods share the Jesus’ attributes of both a birthday on Dec 25th and being born to a virgin mother!
Copies of Peter’s book will be available on the night. The talk starts at 7.30pm on Friday 22nd May and the doors will be open from 7.00pm. All are welcome to attend and entry is FREE although donations are encouraged.
Iain Stewart, Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth, is giving a lecture at Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, on 22nd April 2014. The subject of his talk is Active Faults and Ancient Places: Archaeoseismology in the Aegean.
Professor Stewart is a geologist, well known for presenting several BBC TV series including How Earth Made Us, Journeys From The Centre Of The Earth and Earth: The Power Of The Planet.
The lecture has been organised in partnership between Dorset County Museum and Thomas Hardye School as part of the Community Lecture series. All Community Lectures are well attended and entry is by ticket only – tickets will be available from the Thomas Hardye School office approximately two weeks before the lecture. To avoid confusion, tickets are not available from the Museum. For more ticket information click here
The lecture will take place in the Thomas Hardye School theatre and will commence at 7.00pm.