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The fall of the Roman household

Author: Kate Cooper
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
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This text argues that Christianising the household became a central survival strategy for the Roman Empire.

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History
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Cooper, Kate, 1960-
Fall of the Roman household.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007
(DLC) 2008272821
(OCoLC)173499093
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Cooper
ISBN: 9780511394607 0511394608 0511393954 9780511393952
OCLC Number: 235943095
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 319 pages)
Contents: Cover --
Contents --
Epigraph --
Preface --
Abbreviations --
Chapter 1 'The battle of this life' --
Against luxury: Commodian --
The miles Christi as a devotional model for christian women --
Fathers and sons --
Miles Christi and miles saeculi --
Poverty, obligation, and inheritance: traditionalist senatorial Christianity during and after the barbarian invasions --
Ad Gregoriam in Palatio: the senatorial domina as miles Christi --
The domina at the gate --
Chapter 2 'The obscurity of eloquence' --
The 'jewelled style' and the Cento of Proba --
Prudentius --
The Aristocratic Laity and the 'Ostrogothic renaissance' --
Boethius, Cassiodorus, Benedict, Gregory --
Christian prose and the 'jewelled style' --
Chapter 3 Household and empire --
The structure of the late Roman estate --
Domus and familia --
The domina as female paterfamilias --
Obligation and reciprocity: the Bobbio domina --
Slaves and masters: Ad Gregoriam in Palatio --
Gregoria and Reginus: Spielregeln for a Christian Aristocracy? --
The coming Judgement --
Chapter 4 'Such trustful partnership': the marriage bond in Latin conduct literature --
Roman marriage in late antiquity --
From Diocletian to Justinian: the changing balance of power in the late Roman household --
The early Christian legacy --
Augustine, Pelagius, and the Latin readers of John Chrysostom --
Celanthia and Optatus: the permanence of the marriage bond --
Ad Gregoriam in Palatio and Augustinian mediocritas --
Chapter 5 The invisible enemy --
The paradox of invisible powers in early patristic tradition: Tertullian and Cyprian --
Origen and Ambrose --
Imitatio --
The late fourth-century sources --
Arnobius the Younger --
The raiment of mortal flesh --
Appendix. Ad Gregoriam in palatio --
Chapter 1. That the human race is to be allowed to be tested for a time, so that it may rejoice forever in the future --
Chapter 2. The nobility of the soul is to be defended --
Chapter 3. It is through endurance (patientiam) that all virtues are able to exist --
Chapter 4. What kind of thing in particular is endurance --
Chapter 5. That the kind of person who disdained the virtue of patience in time of peace is not likely to bear the persecutions of martyrdom successfully --
Chapter 6. Excepting by the will of God, the wife should not despise the will of the husband in any matter --
Chapter 7. With respect to what duties and by what judgements a true wife is to be judged --
Chapter 8. By compliance husbands can be won over by wives, and can be called out to the grace of the Holy Spirit from the traffic of the flesh --
Chapter 9. It is better to teach the things to be avoided rather than those to be set aright [after the wrong is done] --
Chapter 10. A viewing-tower is set up in contemplation, ascending which the soul turns its attention either to those winning or to those losing, in order to imitate them --
Chapter 11. The battle of truth against falsehood --
Chapter 12. The fight of liberality (benignitas) against avarice --
Chapter 13. The battle of faithlessness in support of avarice against the despiser of the world (contemptorem mundi) --
Chapter 14. The battle of abstinence against gluttony --
Chapter 15. Against desire of the flesh [concupiscentia] --
Chapter 16. Of endurance --
Chapter 17. That a woman placed in marriage should search the will of God through His law, and keep the commandments ... --
Chapter 18. A respectable Christian married woman must be so he.
Responsibility: Kate Cooper.

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