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Early Christianity through the Life of One Family

Catherine Michael Chin Caroline T. Schroeder



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California Uni Pr Trade
03 February 2021
Melania the Elder and her granddaughter Melania the Younger were major figures in early Christian history, using their wealth, status, and forceful personalities to shape the development of nearly every aspect of the religion we now know as Christianity. This volume examines their influence on late antique Christianity and provides an insightful portrait of their legacies in the modern world. Departing from the traditionally patriarchal view, Melania gives a poignant and sometimes surprising account of how the rise of Christian institutions in the Roman Empire shaped our understanding of women's roles in the larger world.
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Imprint:   California Uni Pr Trade
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   3
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   499g
ISBN:   9780520379213
ISBN 10:   0520379217
Series:   Christianity in Late Antiquity
Pages:   344
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Catherine M. Chin is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of California, Davis and author of Grammar and Christianity in the Late Roman World. Caroline T. Schroeder is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of the Pacific and author of Monastic Bodies: Discipline and Salvation in Shenoute of Atripe.

Reviews for Melania: Early Christianity through the Life of One Family

Readers can be grateful to the editors and authors who have produced a wide-ranging contribution to the 'Melania revival.' * Anglican and Episcopal History * Diversity of thought is the chief value in this collection. From spacial syntax to gender theory, this collection provides examples of new methods of research that emerged after The Lady Vanishes. . . . This book [is] suitable for advanced graduate students and specialists in Late Antiquity and Christianity, particularly those which focus on sexuality and gender. * Classical Journal * Although one does not expect that a volume of essays will necessarily be coherent, this collection succeeds, and is both a richly varied scholarly study and a pedagogical aid to rethinking what a cultural biography might be. * Journal of Ecclesiastical History * The decision to zero in on the two Melanias produces obvious benefits: the interlocking papers build to a sort of 'thick description' of late fourth- and early fifth-century Christianity, and recent analytical approaches to its study . . . this book would make an excellent companion for a special subject or graduate course on asceticism in late antiquity. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *

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