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Reading, Not Eating: Women Readers in Late Ancient Christian Asceticism

Kim Haines-Eitzen

in The Gendered Palimpsest: Women, Writing, and Representation in Early Christianity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195171297
eISBN:
9780199918140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171297.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter focuses on the emergence of the figure of the ideal female reader in early and late ancient Christian ascetic literature, which quite clearly glorifies women who have taken up the ... More


Kinship with the Martyrs: Saints as Relatives and Relatives as Saints

Vasiliki M. Limberis

in Architects of Piety: The Cappadocian Fathers and the Cult of the Martyrs

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199730889
eISBN:
9780199895229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730889.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter addresses how the Cappadocians’ imbrication with their own families merges with their promotion of martyr piety. They use it to forge new relationships with the martyrs and to promote ... More


The Death of Siblings

Raphael A. Cadenhead

in Body and Desire: Gregory of Nyssa's Ascetical Theology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780520297968
eISBN:
9780520970106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520297968.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Chapter 5 considers the impact of the death of two of Gregory’s siblings, Basil and Macrina, on his ascetical theology. It begins with an analysis of the much-disputed question of the restoration of ... More


Gregory of Nyssa at the Breast of the Bridegroom

John David Penniman

in Raised on Christian Milk: Food and the Formation of the Soul in Early Christianity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780300222760
eISBN:
9780300228007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300222760.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter examines the role of nurturance in Gregory of Nyssa’s understanding of the progressive perfection of the soul. Reflecting the social ideology of his time—in which maternity and ... More


Refiguring Wounds in the Afterlife (of Trauma)

Shelly Rambo

in Carnal Hermeneutics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823265886
eISBN:
9780823266951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter rethinks the notion of the “invisible wound” and the scar in a manner that draws on all the senses rather than privileging sight. The author focuses on the “afterlife” of wounds—the ... More


The Female Road to Redemption

Aideen M. Hartney

in Gruesome Deaths and Celibate Lives: Christian Martyrs and Ascetics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675426
eISBN:
9781781380567
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675426.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter examines asceticism and women. Asceticism offered a way out of the constantly expected round of marriage, pregnancy, and childbirth. A woman could choose to devote herself to a life of ... More


The Workshop

Morwenna Ludlow

in Art, Craft, and Theology in Fourth-Century Christian Authors

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198848837
eISBN:
9780191883217
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198848837.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The first part of this chapter shows how Gregory of Nyssa construes his relationships with his teachers in textual terms: the things he writes are the proof both that he is a good student of his ... More


Epilogue: From Theano to Saint Macrina

Dorota M. Dutsch

in Pythagorean Women Philosophers: Between Belief and Suspicion

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198859031
eISBN:
9780191891632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198859031.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The Epilogue turns briefly to Byzantine reception of Pythagorean women in five short witty letters composed in the persona of Theano. Theophylact Simocatta’s Theano to Eurydice is compared to four ... More


Gregory Nyssen’s Family and Origen: Rejection of Slavery and of Social Injustice

Ilaria L. E. Ramelli

in Social Justice and the Legitimacy of Slavery: The Role of Philosophical Asceticism from Ancient Judaism to Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198777274
eISBN:
9780191823022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198777274.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, History of Christianity

This chapter compares Gregory’s theory with his and his own family’s practice. He praised Macrina, Naucratius, and others for embracing voluntary poverty and service, and renouncing slave ownership. ... More


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