"Borderline Virginities convincingly demonstrates that examining Vestals and Christian virgins together is vital, and Undheim's approach allows for the similarities and the distinctives of these "Roman virginities" to come into greater focus as constructions of a shared socio-cultural context of Romanitas. Undheim's excellent book represents the fruit of the "cultural turn" in late antique studies, drawing upon a wide variety of theoretical approaches that attempt to cross the "ditch between representation and 'reality,' by focusing on ideology and social constructions as well as the importance of the textuality and literary character of the historians' sources"."
- Amy Brown Hughes, Gordon College, USA, Journal of Early Christian Studies 2019
"Undheim's comparative approach, which questions the Christian authors' teleological construction of their own superiority over pagan culture, is very welcome ... lucid and highly stimulating ... One of the great merits of this study is that it underlines the fact that today's research must beware of making historical patterns of interpretation its own. The book will give many important impulses to those working in the field of late-antique religiosity, in particular because of its comparative perspective."
- Jochen Schultheiss, Julius-Maximilians-Universitat Wurzburg, Germany, The Classical Review 2019
"The book covers a wide variety of topics and cultural trends, making the work as a whole useful to specialists in this field."
- Susan E. Hylen, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, USA, Review of Biblical Literature 2019
"Undheim has read widely and situates her work within a broader conversation among scholars ... In the end, Undheim has accomplished much. Like other scholars in recent years, she has challenged us to reconsider the extent to which Christians abandoned old Roman traditions or whether we should think about them as merely adapting these old customs ... Undheim has explored the diverse meanings of late Roman virginity in skillful and innovative ways, and she has provided new insights and much food for thought."
- Matthew Kuefler, San Diego State University, USA