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Eric Mount"Billed as 'the most comprehensive discussion of the >> family >> in early Christianity in any language,' the study explores the >> transformation >> the Christianity effected on the Greco-Roman family using everything from >> floor >> plans to classical references. The coverage includes the different >> systems of >> honor and shame for men and women in that culture, the confinement of >> women >> (who were thought to be less able to control their sex drive), and the >> abstinence ideal which was medically recommended to avoid debilitation and >> even >> death. Despite its shortcomings with respect to women, Christianity turns >> out >> to be one of the least patriarchal religions of the ancient world. While >> the >> symbolically significant ritual meals of the culture underlined boundaries >> and >> differences in status, Christian meals crossed boundaries and transformed >> status."