The autumn 2023 meeting of the Friends of the Romanesque Basilica of Paray-le-Monial will feature six lectures on Saturday, looking at the history of teaching from Antiquity to the 19th century, followed on Sunday morning by a visit to the Musée du Hiéron exhibition on Thomas Aquinas.
Teaching is part of our culture - the figure of Charlemagne - and part of our most intimate imagination. Yet history shows that the forms of teaching have evolved, from the wax tablet to the digital tablet. Yet since ancient times, the fundamentals have survived the centuries: attentive listening, learning by heart (the heart was considered to be the seat of memory), mastery of basic skills, and pedagogical invention. The images depicting teachers and pupils take us into the intimacy of the teaching environment and lesson times. The Christ-philosopher is a revealing metaphor for the importance of teaching, teaching the apostles and disciples from early Christian sarcophagi and catacomb paintings to church tympanums.
The 2023 colloquium will explore a theme that continues to have a powerful impact on us all.