New PDF release: Borderline Virginities: Sacred and Secular Virgins in Late

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 through 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, monitors a pressure that, it's argued, performed a bigger function within the development of a particularly Christian sacred virginity than earlier stories have acknowledged.


Late fourth-century Christian theologians’ continual value determinations of sacred virgins cleared the path for a wide selection of virgins that frequently challenged the stereotype of the single woman virgin. The resources abound with doubtless paradoxical virgins, resembling widow virgins, married virgins, virgin moms, child virgins, previous virgins, heretical virgins, pagan virgins, male virgins, fake virgins and fallen virgins. via studying these kind of ‘borderline virgins’ as they seem in a variety of textual resources from assorted genres, Undheim demonstrates how actual, cultural and cognitive obstacles of virginity have been contested, drawn and redrawn within the fourth and early 5th centuries within the Latin West.

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