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- DescriptionAmong medieval Christian societies, Byzantium is unique in preserving an ecclesiastical ritual of adelphopoiesis that prounces two men as brothers. It has its origin as a spiritual blessing in the monastic world of late antiquity, and it becomes a popular social networking strategy among lay people from the ninth century onwards, even finding application in recent times. Located at the intersection of religious and social history, brother-making exemplifies how social practice can become ritualized and subsequently subjected to attempts of ecclesiastical and legal control. Wide-ranging in its use of sources, from a complete census of the manuscripts containing the ritual of adelphopoiesis to the literature and archaeology of early monasticism, and from the works of hagiographers, historiographers, and legal experts in Byzantium to comparative material in the Latin West and the Slavic world, this book is the first exhaustive treatment of the phemen.
- Author BiographyClaudia Rapp is Director of the Division of Byzantine Research, Institute for Medieval Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences.She was awarded the 2015 Wittgenstein Prize, the most prestigious scientific award in Austria.
- Author(s)Claudia Rapp
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication10/03/2016
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Series TitleOnassis Series in Hellenic Culture
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Note11 figures, 2 maps
- Weight660 g
- Width165 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine26 mm
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