"Virgins of God"

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Author  Susanna Elm
Publisher  Clarendon Press
Publication Date   February 29, 1996
ISBN  019815044X
Pages  464

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Many of the institutions fundamental to the role of men and women in today's society have their origins in late antiquity. This revisionist study offers a comprehensive look at how Christian women of this time initiated alternative, ascetic ways of living, both with and without men. The author studies how these practices were institutionalized, and why they were later either eliminated or transformed by a new Christian Roman elite of men now thought of as the founding fathers.

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