The particular excitement of this volume lies in its focus on the everyday realities of Christians' lives in the era of Christian ascendancy and Roman decline. Popular fiction, childrearing and toys, rituals of inclusion, the beginning of veneration of saints and shunning of heretics, the ascetic impulse, food practices all these and more lend color and texture to the story of a people's Christianity in this formative stage.
Virginia Burrus is Bishop W. Earl Ledden Professor of Religion at Syracuse University. She was previously professor of Early Church History at Drew University. She is author of numerous articles and four books: The Sex Lives of Saints: An Erotics of Ancient Hagiography (Pennsylvania, 2004), Begotten, Not Made : Conceiving Manhood in Late Antiquity (Stanford, 2000), The Making of a Heretic: Gender, Authority, and the Priscillianist Controversy, (California, 1995), and Chastity as Autonomy: Women in Stories of Apocryphal Acts (Mellen, 1987).
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Christian History & Denominations
People's History of Christianity
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black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps