Architects of Piety: The Cappadocian Fathers and the Cult of by Vasiliki M. Limberis

By Vasiliki M. Limberis

This booklet presents a brand new manner of realizing the position of the cult of the martyrs for the Cappadocian Fathers and their households. The learn exhibits that the cult of the martyrs used to be so well known between all social degrees of Christians, together with the Cappadocian Fathers, that it shaped the rudimentary framework for Christian piety within the fourth century. whilst Christianity grew to become the kingdom faith in 325, the elemental presupposition of martyrdom as Christian id grew to become ambiguous. therefore it was once paramount for the Cappadocians to maintain, evolve, and signify how martyr piety healthy into the Christian existence after the Constantinian cost. The ebook finds the Cappadocians' tireless advertising of martyr piety via cautious expositions of the ritual of the panegyris and value of the calendar, their pastoral teachings via panegyrics to the martyrs, and the triumphs and frustrations of creating a martyrium. Limberis additionally demonstrates how the Cappadocians mounted a dead ringer for the martyrs on their households' identities endlessly, exhibiting how the veneration of the martyrs contributed to training Christian religion in a familial context. The learn demonstrates that the neighborhood martyr cults have been so strong that the Cappadocian Fathers promoted their very own family members as martyrs, and claimed different martyrs as their ancestors. The examine additionally engages how gender and theories of kinship complicate their texts, either for the Cappadocians and for us.

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