Phillip Freeman
Phillip Freeman

Everyone knows about St. Patrick, the man who drove the snakes out of Ireland, defeated fierce druids in contests of magic and used shamrock to explain the Christian Trinity to the pagan Irish. It’s a great story, but none of it is true.

Not only were there never any snakes in Ireland, but Patrick wasn’t even Irish. The real story of this saint – pirates, murder, slavery, escape and struggles of faith against all odds – is even better.The Luther College Woman’s Club March program explores the truth of St. Patrick as  Luther College professor in classics, Philip Freeman presents “Who Was the Real Saint Patrick?” Tuesday, Mar. 18, at 1:30 p.m., in Peace Dining Room of the Dahl Centennial Union.

Philip Freeman has been a professor in classics  at Luther College since 2004, focusing on the course topics of Classical Mythology, Ancient Roman Culture, Greece and Rome on Film, as well as Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Latin.Freeman is the author of a dozen books on the ancient world, including Alexander the Great and Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths. He is a regular guest on NPR (National Public Radio) and has written essays about Greece and Rome for the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

All women from Decorah and surrounding communities are welcomed and invited to attend the Luther College Woman’s Club. Childcare is available during the meetings. 

Call 563-382-4808 or 563-382-4674 to arrange for this service. Shuttle service from the Decorah swimming pool parking lot is also available. Pick-up time for this service is at 1:10 p.m. with a return time of 3:30 p.m.