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This is the first book-length study of children in one of the birthplaces of early Christian monasticism, Egypt. Although comprised of men and women who had renounced sex and family, the monasteries of late antiquity raised children, educated them, and expected them to carry on their monastic lineage and legacies into the future. Children within monasteries existed in a liminal space, simultaneously vulnerable to the whims and abuses of adults and also cherished as potential future monastic prodigies. Caroline T. Schroeder examines diverse sources - letters, rules, saints' lives, art, and documentary evidence - to probe these paradoxes. In doing so, she demonstrates how early Egyptian monasteries provided an intergenerational continuity of social, cultural, and economic capital while also contesting the traditional family's claims to these forms of social continuity.Read more
- The first book about children in one of the birthplaces of Christian monasticism
- Adopts an interdisciplinary approach drawing on history, religious studies, papyrology, literary studies, gender studies, and art history
- Examines the symbolism of children in literature and art as well as the social history of children
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- Date Published: March 2022
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781316610084
- length: 269 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.366kg
- contains: 10 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Finding children:
1. Documenting the undocumented: Children in the earliest Egyptian Monasteries
2. The language of childhood
Part II. Representations:
3. Homoeroticism, children, and the making of monks
4. Child sacrifice: From familial renunciation to Jephthah's lost daughter
5. Monastic family values: The healing of children
Part III. A social history:
6. Making new monks: Children's education, discipline, and ascetic formation
7. Breaking rules and telling tales: Daily life for monastic children
8. The ties that bind: Emotional and social bonds between parents and children
Conclusion: Monastic genealogies
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