Travelers to and from Mount Athos: The Translation of Culture, Knowledge, and Spirituality
An Exhibit of
The Hilandar Research Library
May 15 – September 8, 2013
Thompson Library Gallery
Located on the Chalcidic peninsula in northeastern Greece, Mount Athos has been the center of Eastern Orthodox spirituality and a repository of knowledge and culture for over a millennium. An autonomous part of the Hellenic state, it has twenty ruling monasteries that were built between the 10th and 15th centuries. Separated from the secular world and with regulated access, for centuries the Holy Mount has attracted the adventurous, the curious, and the faithful: monks, clerics, pilgrims, royalty, scholars, scientists, treasure hunters, women, and writers.
This exhibit uses materials primarily from the Hilandar Research Library collection to illustrate the interaction of a host of individuals, objects, and ideas with Mt. Athos that has facilitated the transformation and dissemination of culture, learning, and spirituality.