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Virgin and the Bride
By Kate Cooper

Virgin and the Bride

Idealized Womanhood in Late Antiquity New edition

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Virgin and the Bride by Kate Cooper

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During the last centuries of the Roman Empire, the prevailing ideal of feminine virtue was radically transformed: the pure but fertile heroines of Greek and Roman romance were replaced by a Christian heroine who ardently refused the marriage bed. How this new concept and figure of purity is connected with - indeed, how it abetted - social and religious change is the subject of Kate Cooper's book. The Romans saw marital concord as a symbol of social unity - one that was important to maintaining the vigour and political harmony of the empire itself. This is nowhere more clear than in the ancient novel, where the mutual desire of hero and heroine is directed toward marriage and social renewal. But early Christian romance subverted the main outline of the story: now the heroine abandond her marriage partner for an otherworldly union with a Christian holy man. Cooper traces the reception of this new ascetic literature across the Roman world. How did the ruling classes respond to the Christian claim to moral superiority, represented by the new ideal of sexual purity? How did women themselves react to the challenge to their traditional role as matrons and matriarchs? In addressing these questions, Cooper gives us a picture of dramatically changing ideas about sexuality, family and morality - a cultural revolution with far-reaching implications for religion and politics, women and men. "The Virgin and the Bride" offers a look at central aspects of the Christianization of the Roman world, and a discussion of the rhetoric of gender and the social meaning of idealized womanhood.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674939509
ISBN-10: 0674939506
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 10mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-May-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kate Cooper

Kate Cooper is Senior Lecturer in Early Christianity, University of Manchester.

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