Virgin And The Bride / Edition 1

Virgin And The Bride / Edition 1

by Kate Cooper
     
 

During the last centuries of the Roman Empire, the prevailing ideal of feminine virtue was radically transformed: the pure but fertile heroines of Greek and Roman romance were replaced by a Christian heroine who ardently refused the marriage bed. How this new concept and figure of purity is connected with--indeed, how it abetted--social and religious change is the… See more details below

Overview

During the last centuries of the Roman Empire, the prevailing ideal of feminine virtue was radically transformed: the pure but fertile heroines of Greek and Roman romance were replaced by a Christian heroine who ardently refused the marriage bed. How this new concept and figure of purity is connected with--indeed, how it abetted--social and religious change is the subject of Kate Cooper's lively book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674939509
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/15/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Private Lives, Public Meanings

The Ancient Novel

"The Bride That Is No Bride"

The Whispering Critics at Blesilla's Funeral

The Imprisoned Heroine

Epilogue

Abbreviations

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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