Melania: Early Christianity Through the Life of One Family

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Univ of California Press, Oct 31, 2016 - History - 344 pages
Melania the Elder and her granddaughter Melania the Younger were major figures in early Christian history, using their wealth, status, and forceful personalities to shape the development of nearly every aspect of the religion we now know as Christianity. This volume examines their influence on late antique  Christianity and provides an insightful portrait of their legacies in the modern world. Departing from the traditionally patriarchal view, Melania gives a poignant and sometimes surprising account of how the rise of Christian institutions in the Roman Empire shaped our understanding of women’s roles in the larger world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Apostles and Aristocrats
19
Namesake and Inheritance
34
Exemplary Women
50
Holy Households
71
Wounded by Divine Love
86
Memories of the Martyrs
111
A Life in Letters
153
The Lost Generation
207
Sing O Daughters of Zion
222
Afterlives
245
Monastic Revivals
260
The Future of Sainthood
271
List of Contributors
287
Bibliography
293
Index
325

Friends and Heretics
171
Posthumous Orthodoxy
186

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About the author (2016)

Catherine M. Chin is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of California, Davis and author of Grammar and Christianity in the Late Roman World.

Caroline T. Schroeder is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of the Pacific and author of Monastic Bodies: Discipline and Salvation in Shenoute of Atripe.

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