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By Sissel Undheim

How and why did virginity come to play one of these the most important half within the Christian Church within the formative and defining interval of past due Antiquity? Sissel Undheim analyzes the negotiations over what constituted virginity and assesses its socio-religious price in fourth-century Rome by way of taking a look at these on the very margins of virginity and non-virginity. The Church Fathers’ efforts to demarcate an completely Christian virginity, not like the ‘false virgins’ in their pagan adversaries, screens a rigidity that, it really is argued, performed a bigger position within the building of a in particular Christian sacred virginity than past experiences have acknowledged.


Late fourth-century Christian theologians’ power value determinations of sacred virgins cleared the path for a wide selection of virgins that frequently challenged the stereotype of the single lady virgin. The assets abound with possible paradoxical virgins, equivalent to widow virgins, married virgins, virgin moms, little one virgins, previous virgins, heretical virgins, pagan virgins, male virgins, fake virgins and fallen virgins. via interpreting all these ‘borderline virgins’ as they seem in various textual resources from diverse genres, Undheim demonstrates how actual, cultural and cognitive barriers of virginity have been contested, drawn and redrawn within the fourth and early 5th centuries within the Latin West.

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How and why did virginity come to play this type of the most important half within the Christian Church within the formative and defining interval of past due Antiquity? Sissel Undheim analyzes the negotiations over what constituted virginity and assesses its socio-religious worth in fourth-century Rome via taking a look at these on the very margins of virginity and non-virginity.

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