Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Weird and Wonderful

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 11:00am

Join us on Friday, November 9, at 11 a.m. in Village Hall 118 when Pitt-Greensburg will host a visiting scholar who will present "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Weird and Wonderful in Medieval Bestiary Manuscripts." 

Bestiaries are illuminated manuscripts that depict and describe the world's animals, both real and legendary, from the panther to the phoenix. How do hedgehogs use their spines to gather grapes? Why does the beaver show his privates when pursued by hunters? And why does the bonnacon defend itself with its explosive fiery excrement? Come and find out!

Our speaker, Dr. Ilya Dines, is a scholar of international standing. Having taught in England, Israel, Germany, Russia, and the United States, he is now Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian at the Library of Congress. He has published several books and over a dozen articles relating to medieval bestiary manuscripts.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the History Club, the Visual Arts Society, and the Academic Village. Village Credit is offered to participants.


Village Hall 118
Greensburg, PA 15601