Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women

Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women

by Kate Cooper


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Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women by Kate Cooper

In this inspiring histoy of the early Christian movement, award-winning historian Kate Cooper paints a vivid picture of the triumphs and hardships of the mothers of the church.
According to most recorded history, women in the ancient world lived invisibly. Piecing together their story from the few contemproary accounts that have survived required painstaking detective work by Cooper, but it renders the past and the present in a new light.Band of Angels tells the remarkable story of how a new understanding of relationships took root in the ancient world. Women from all walks of life played an invaluable role in Christianity's rapid expansion. Their story is a testament to what unseen people can achieve, and how the power of ideas can change the world, on household at a time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468309393
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 10/29/2014
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 870,752
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kate Cooper is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Machester. Born in Washington, DC, she was educated at Princeton, Harvard, and Wesletan universities.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Looking for Chloe 1

2 The Gospel of Love 21

3 The Galilean Women 41

4 The God of Thecla' 77

5 A Martyr in the Family 105

6 The Emperor's Mother 131

7 'The Life of Angels' 163

8 A World Apart 191

9 The Desert Mothers 225

10 The Queen of Heaven 255

Epilogue 285

A Note on Translation 289

Notes 291

Bibliography 311

Index 333

Acknowledgements 341

A Note on the Author 342

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"I don't quite know another book like this one...One great gift of this book involves women's agency. Contrary to the worn-out canard that Roman women "were just property," Cooper explains how Roman law allowed widows and even daughters control over property and wide room for influence… Cooper has presented us with a wide-ranging, informative study. I admire her learning and her guidance, and she knows how to lead an audience. I am especially grateful that she chose to follow the lives of individual women rather than to build an abstract argument." —Huffington Post

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