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The perfect servant : eunuchs and the social construction of gender in Byzantium

Author: Kathryn M Ringrose
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2003.
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The Perfect Servant reevaluates the place of eunuchs in Byzantium. Kathryn Ringrose uses the modern concept of gender as a social construct to identify eunuchs as a distinct gender and to illustrate how gender was defined in the Byzantine world. At the same time she explores the changing role of the eunuch in Byzantium from 600 to 1100. Accepted for generations as a legitimate and functional part of Byzantine  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Ringrose, Kathryn M.
Perfect servant.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2003
(DLC) 2002014105
(OCoLC)50519314
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn M Ringrose
ISBN: 9780226720166 0226720160 9780226720159 0226720152
OCLC Number: 191726886
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 295 pages) : illustrations
Contents: List of Illustrations; Spelling Conventions for Greek Names; Acknowledgments; Introduction --
Eunuchs of Byzantium: Context and Definition; PART I GENDER AS SOCIAL CONSTRUCT; 1 The Language of Gender; 2 Byzantine Medical Lore and the Gendering of Eunuchs; 3 Gender Construction as Acculturation; 4 Making Sense of Tradition: Regendering Legendary Narratives; PART II BECOMING PROTAGONISTS; 5 Passing the Test of Sanctity: Eunuchs and the Ecclesiastical World of Byzantium; 6 Transgressing Gender Boundaries: Eunuchs in Authority; 7 Transcending the Material World: Eunuchs and Angels.
Responsibility: Kathryn M. Ringrose.

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Kathryn Ringrose uses the modern concept of gender as a social construct to identify eunuchs as a distinct gender and to illustrate how gender was defined in the Byzantine world.  Read more...

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