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By Sissel Undheim

ISBN-10: 1472480171

ISBN-13: 9781472480170

How and why did virginity come to play the sort of the most important half within the Christian Church within the formative and defining interval of overdue Antiquity? Sissel Undheim analyzes the negotiations over what constituted virginity and assesses its socio-religious price in fourth-century Rome by way of taking a look at these on the very margins of virginity and non-virginity. The Church Fathers’ efforts to demarcate an solely Christian virginity, not like the ‘false virgins’ in their pagan adversaries, screens a pressure that, it's argued, performed a bigger function within the building of a particularly Christian sacred virginity than prior stories have acknowledged.

Late fourth-century Christian theologians’ continual value determinations of sacred virgins cleared the path for a wide selection of virgins that frequently challenged the stereotype of the single lady virgin. The resources abound with probably paradoxical virgins, equivalent to widow virgins, married virgins, virgin moms, youngster virgins, outdated virgins, heretical virgins, pagan virgins, male virgins, fake virgins and fallen virgins. via analyzing a lot of these ‘borderline virgins’ as they seem in various textual resources from assorted genres, Undheim demonstrates how actual, cultural and cognitive obstacles of virginity have been contested, drawn and redrawn within the fourth and early 5th centuries within the Latin West.

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