Jerome on Virginity

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Juli 2003



This is a major new commentary on Jerome's Libellus de virginitate servanda, the first in any language to be devoted to this work. Written in Rome in 384, this treatise sets out the manner of life appropriate to a Christian virgin. It takes the form of a letter to a specific person, Eustochium, the teenage daughter of an aristocratic family, encouraging her to persevere in her intention of remaining a virgin. The Libellus, however, is more than just a friendly lecture on morality; it is an extensive academic treatise, forty-one chapters long, covering many aspects of virginity. Although the practice of unacknowledged quotation was common and acceptable throughout antiquity, Neil Adkin's commentary shows how far Jerome went in his borrowings from his Greek and Latin patristic predecessors and contemporaries, and also demonstrates how Jerome's brilliance as a writer enhanced his stolen material.


Neil Adkin is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of over one hundred and seventy articles on classical and medieval Latin literature, on patristics in general, and on Jerome in particular.

EAN: 9780905205380
ISBN: 0905205383
Untertitel: A Commentary on the "Libellus de Virginitate Servanda" (Letter 22). 'ARCA (Classical & Medieval Texts, Papers & Monographs) S. '. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Francis Cairns Publications Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2003
Seitenanzahl: 480 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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