From Shame to Sin

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Harvard University Press, Jun 1, 2013 - History - 304 pages
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The transformation of the Roman world from polytheistic to Christian is one of the most sweeping ideological changes of premodern history. At the center was sex. Kyle Harper examines how Christianity changed the ethics of sexual behavior from shame to sin, and shows how the roots of modern sexuality are grounded in an ancient religious revolution.
 

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Contents

From City to Cosmos
1
1 The Moralities of Sex in the Roman Empire
19
2 The Will and the World in Early Christian Sexuality
80
3 Church Society and Sex in the Age of Triumph
134
4 Revolutionizing Romance in the Late Classical World
191
Sex and the Twilight of Antiquity
237
Abbreviations
247
Notes
259
Acknowledgments
299
Index
301
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Harper Kyle :

Kyle Harper is Associate Professor of Classics and Letters at the University of Oklahoma.

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