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Crispina and Her Sisters : Women and Authority in Early Christianity

Author: Christine Schenk
Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, Minneapolis [Minnesota] : Fortress Press, 2018. [2017]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Discovering reliable information about women in early Christianity is a challenging enterprise. Most people have never heard of Bitalia, Veneranda, Crispina, Petronella, Leta, Sofia the Deacon, and many others even though their catacomb and tomb art suggests their authority was influential and valued by early Christian communities. This book explores visual imagery found on burial artifacts of prominent early  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Schenk
ISBN: 9781506411897 1506411894
OCLC Number: 1019646374
Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF (xx, 459 pages)) : illustrations
Contents: 1. Women and early Christianity : sociocultural context --
2. Women and early Christianity : female authority opposed --
3. Interpreting early Christian art --
4. Women in Catacomb frescos and inscriptions --
5. Commemorating the dead : Roman funerary customs and practices --
6. Crispina and her sisters : portraits on Christian sarcophagi --
7. More portraits on Christian sarcophagi --
8. Women and authority in the fourth century : integrating the literary evidence.
Responsibility: Christine Schenk, CSJ.

Abstract:

Discovering reliable information about women in early Christianity is a challenging enterprise. Most people have never heard of Bitalia, Veneranda, Crispina, Petronella, Leta, Sofia the Deacon, and many others even though their catacomb and tomb art suggests their authority was influential and valued by early Christian communities. This book explores visual imagery found on burial artifacts of prominent early Christian women. It carefully situates the tomb art within the cultural context of customary Roman commemorations of the dead. Recent scholarship about Roman portrait sarcophagi and the interpretation of early Christian art is also given significant attention. An in-depth review of women's history in the first four centuries of Christianity provides important context. A fascinating picture emerges of women's authority in the early church, a picture either not available or sadly distorted in the written history. It is often said "a picture is worth a thousand words." The portrait tombs of fourth-century Christian women suggest that they viewed themselves and/or their loved ones viewed them as persons of authority with religious influence.

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