This text re-visits the Roman Empire during the 3rd and 5th centuries of the common era to look at the question of masculinity as a part of intellectual life and the development of Christian society in late antiquity. Mathew Kuefler argues that the collapse of the Roman army, an increasing autocratic government and growing restrictions on the traditional rights of men within marriage and sexuality all led to a crisis in masculinity. Men who had traditionally felt themselves to be soldiers and heads of households became, by their own definition, unmanly. The cultural and demographic success of Christianity during this era was due to the ability of its leaders to recognize and respond to this crisis. Drawing on the gender ambiguities of early Christian teachings, Christian writers and thinkers crafted a new masculine ideal that took advantage of the changing social realities in Rome, and helped to solidify Christian ideology by reinstating the masculinity of its adherents.
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This text re-visits the Roman Empire during the 3rd and 5th centuries of the common era to look at the question of masculinity as a part of intellectual life and the development of Christian society in late antiquity.
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ISBN
9780226457390
Publisert
2001
Utgiver
Vendor
University of Chicago Press
Vekt
790 gr
Høyde
237 mm
Bredde
160 mm
Aldersnivå
05, 06, UU, UP, P
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
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Product format
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Antall sider
448

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