By Kristi Upson-Saia
Early Christian Dress is the 1st full-length monograph with regards to costume in early Christianity. It will pay awareness to the ways that costume expressed and formed Christian id, the function costume performed in Christians’ rivalries with pagan neighbours, and particularly to the ways that notions of gender have been culled and revised within the approach. even supposing many students have argued that gender in past due antiquity used to be a played and embodied classification, few have paid realization to the ways that gown and actual appearances have been implicated within the knowing of femininity and masculinity. This examine addresses that hole, revealing the quantity of sartorial paintings essential to safe solid gender different types within the worlds of early Imperial pagans and overdue historic Christians.
This learn analyzes a number of lively discussions and debates that arose over Christian women’s costume. It examines how Christians interpreted their dress—especially the gown of woman ascetics—as proof of Christianity’s complex morality and piety, a morality and piety that was once coded "masculine." but even Christian leaders who championed ascetic women’s skill to accomplish a level of virility by way of their advantage and non secular prestige have been while ascetics’ gown threatened to materially dissolve gender different types, distinction, and hierarchies. after all, the learn permits us to realize a broader view of ways gender was once built, perceived, and contested in early Christianity.
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Early Christian Dress: Gender, Virtue, and Authority (Routledge Studies in Ancient History) by Kristi Upson-Saia