Daniel Crosby, Ph.D. Candidate in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, presented his paper “The ‘New Song’ of Eunomos: Dragons and Materiality in the Protrepticus of Clement of Alexandria to the International Conference on Patristic Studies at Oxford University. The conference was held from August 19-24 and was attended by one thousand delegates representing all facets of the field of Patristic Studies.
Dan’s talk was an interpretation of Clement of Alexandria’s unique version of the Greek myth of Eunomos through an exploration of the philosophical and rhetorical significance of serpentine imagery in the rest of his Protrepticus (2nd century C.E.):
For Dan, Clement of Alexandria’s inclusion of the myth at the forefront of his text is intended to model the ideal reader to his audience. This exemplar is found in the mythical figure of Eunomos, who transitions from one who worships the serpent of materialistic Greek custom, to one who forsakes his past to sing with the pure song of cicadas to the Christian God.
The proceedings of the conference will be published in forthcoming volumes in the Studia Patristica studies published by Peeters.