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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.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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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
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn M Ringrose
ISBN: 1281126020 9781281126023 9786611126025 6611126023 0226720160 9780226720166
OCLC Number: 1162449550
Language Note: English.
Notes: Description based upon print version of record.
Description: 1 online resource (309 p.)
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 8 Eunuchs at the Palace: Gendered Space and Confirmation of the Imperial Numen9 Social Reproduction and Integration; Conclusion --
Present and Past Perceptions of Gender; Appendix --
Spelling Equivalents, Traditional and Reformed; Frequently Used Abbreviations; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Responsibility: Kathryn M. Ringrose.

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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 civilization, eunuchs were prominent in both the imperial court and the church. They were distinctive in physical appearance, dress, and manner and were considered uniq.

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