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Brother-Making in Late Antiquity and Byzantium: Monks, Laymen, and Christian Ritual

Claudia Rapp

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780195389333
eISBN:
9780199396795
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389333.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

Among medieval Christian societies, Byzantium is unique in preserving an ecclesiastical ritual of adelphopoiesis, which pronounces two men as brothers. It has its origin as a spiritual blessing in ... More


Introduction

Claudia Rapp

in Brother-Making in Late Antiquity and Byzantium: Monks, Laymen, and Christian Ritual

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780195389333
eISBN:
9780199396795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389333.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

A brief introduction explains the context of the study of ritual brotherhood, made popular by John Boswell’s Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe (1994). It sets out the guiding research question ... More


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