Xavier Asks: Why Vikings?
Xavier University: Hailstones Hall, Room 2
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Vikings: Beyond the Legend, featuring the largest collection of Viking artifacts to visit North America, explores the rich culture to provide a glimpse into the lives of Vikings. Join three Xavier University faculty members as they make a case for reinvestigating the influence of Vikings across time and disciplines.
What were the major influences of Old Norse on the English language? Dr. Stephen Yandell will place the Viking invasions and settlement in England in a context of larger trends of language change to discover these impacts up to the present day. How did the Vikings navigate such great distances without a compass? Dr. Heidrun Schmitzer will demonstrate a possible version of the Viking sunstone, referenced in ancient literature and featured most recently in the TV series Vikings, how it could have worked, and what its limitations were. Why is our society fascinated with the violence perpetrated by the Norse on their voyages? Dr. Marita von Weissenberg will delve into the reasons behind the raids described in historic writings and popular culture to tell the story of the participants and how they participated in a broader project of state formation.
Be sure to experience the myth-busting exhibition Vikings: Beyond the Legend, on display at Cincinnati Museum Center through April 23, 2017.
Dr. Heidrun Schmitzer
Professor of Physics
Dr. Stephen Yandell
Associate Professor of English
Dr. Marita von Weissenberg
Assistant Professor of History