Coverart for item
The Resource The virgin and the bride : idealized womanhood in late antiquity, Kate Cooper

The virgin and the bride : idealized womanhood in late antiquity, Kate Cooper

Label
The virgin and the bride : idealized womanhood in late antiquity
Title
The virgin and the bride
Title remainder
idealized womanhood in late antiquity
Statement of responsibility
Kate Cooper
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 lively book." "The Romans saw marital concord as a symbol of social unity - one that was important to maintaining the vigor 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 abandons 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 their questions, Cooper gives us a vivid picture of dramatically changing ideas about sexuality, family, morality - a cultural revolution with far-reaching implications for religion and politics, women and men." "The Virgin and the Bride offers a new look at central aspects of the Christianization of the Roman world, and an engaging discussion of the rhetoric of gender and the social meaning of idealized womanhood."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cooper, Kate
Dewey number
870.9/352042
Index
index present
LC call number
PA6030.W7
LC item number
C67 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Latin literature
  • Women and literature
  • Christian literature, Early
  • Christian hagiography
  • Christianity and literature
  • Christian saints in literature
  • Literature and society
  • Married women in literature
  • Social values in literature
  • Virginity in literature
  • Women in literature
  • Women
  • Latin literature
  • Women and literature
  • Christian literature, Early
  • Christian hagiography
  • Christianity and literature
  • Christian saints in literature
  • Literature and society
  • Married women in literature
  • Social values in literature
  • Virginity in literature
  • Women in literature
  • Women
  • Women and literature
  • Christianity and literature
  • Saints in literature
  • Literature and society
  • Women
  • Rome
Label
The virgin and the bride : idealized womanhood in late antiquity, Kate Cooper
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-175) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
34149818
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 180 pages
Isbn
9780674939493
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96002256
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The virgin and the bride : idealized womanhood in late antiquity, Kate Cooper
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-175) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
34149818
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 180 pages
Isbn
9780674939493
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96002256
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

Library Locations

    • Thomas Jefferson LibraryBorrow it
      1 University Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63121, US
      38.710138 -90.311107
Processing Feedback ...