The Virgin and the Bride: Idealized Womanhood in Late by Kate Cooper

By Kate Cooper

Over the last centuries of the Roman Empire, the existing excellent of female advantage used to be appreciably remodeled: the natural yet fertile heroines of Greek and Roman romance have been changed by means of a Christian heroine who ardently refused the wedding mattress. How this new suggestion and determine of purity is attached with--indeed, the way it abetted--social and non secular switch is the topic of Kate Cooper’s full of life book.

The Romans observed marital harmony as an emblem of social unity--one that used to be vital to protecting the power and political concord of the empire itself. this is often nowhere extra transparent than within the old novel, the place the mutual wish of hero and heroine is directed towards marriage and social renewal. yet early Christian romance subverted the most define of the tale: now the heroine abandons her marriage companion for an otherworldly union with a Christian holy guy. Cooper strains the reception of this new ascetic literature around the Roman international. How did the ruling periods reply to the Christian declare to ethical superiority, represented by way of the hot perfect of sexual purity? How did girls themselves react to the problem to their conventional position as matrons and matriarchs? In addressing those questions, Cooper provides us a brilliant photo of dramatically altering rules approximately sexuality, kin, and morality--a cultural revolution with far-reaching implications for faith and politics, girls and men.

The Virgin and the Bride deals a brand new examine principal elements of the Christianization of the Roman international, and an enticing dialogue of the rhetoric of gender and the social which means of idealized womanhood.

“Cooper supplies a much more nuanced and rounded view of women’s id in overdue antiquity than has been provided earlier than. the point of interest on married girls is especially welcome.” — Averil Cameron

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