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The Garb of Being: Embodiment and the Pursuit of Holiness in Late Ancient Christianity

Georgia Frank, Susan Holman, and Andrew Jacobs


This collection of essays explores how the body became a touchstone for late antique practice and the religious imagination. When we read the stories and testimonies of late ancient Christians, what different types of bodies stand before us in such stories and what do they tell us? How do we understand the range of bodily experiences—solitary and social, private and public—that clothed ancient Christians? How might such experiences and the body as garb itself serve as a productive metaphor by which to explore this attention to matters of gender, religious identity, class, and ethnicity? The es ... More

Keywords: asceticism, Christianity—history, 30–600 C.E., embodiment, late antiquity, Orthodoxy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780823287024
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823287024.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Georgia Frank, editor
Colgate University

Susan Holman, editor
Valparaiso University

Andrew Jacobs, editor
Harvard University

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Conversing with Clothes

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Part II: Performing Bodies

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A Question of Character

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Sacred Bonds

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