Children and Asceticism in Late Antiquity: Continuity, by Ville Vuolanto

By Ville Vuolanto

In overdue Antiquity the emergence of Christian asceticism challenged the normal Greco-Roman perspectives and practices of relations existence. The ensuing discussions at the correct approach to dwell a very good Christian lifestyles offer us with various info on either ideological statements and residing studies of overdue Roman early life. this is often the 1st publication to scrutinise the interaction among relatives, young ones and asceticism within the upward push of Christianity. Drawing on texts of Christian authors of the past due fourth and early 5th centuries the quantity ways the research of kin dynamics and early life from either ideological and social historic views. It examines where of kids within the kin in Christian ideology and explores how households within the past due Roman international tailored those beliefs in perform. supplying clean viewpoints to present scholarship Ville Vuolanto demonstrates that there have been many continuities in Roman methods of wondering young children and, regardless of the increase of Christianity, the outdated traditions remained deeply embedded within the tradition. additionally, the discussions approximately family members and kids are proven to were in detail associated with concerns in regards to the continuity of kin lineage and of the self, and to the altering realizing of what constituted a significant lifestyles.

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Quote from D. Bertaux and P. Thompson, ‘Introduction’, in D. Bertaux and P. Thompson (eds), Between Generations: Family Models, Myths, and Memories (Oxford, 1993), p. 2. 51 P. Bourdieu, ‘Les stratégies matrimoniales dans le système de reproduction’, Annales (ESC) 27(4–5) (1972), pp. 1105–6, 1124, stressing the cultural and normative aspects of the actual decision making. See also P. Bourdieu, The Logic of Practice (Cambridge, 1990), p. 53. For critical discussion, see Diane Wolf, ‘Daughters, Decisions and Domination: An Empirical and Conceptual Critique of Household Strategies’, Development and Change 21 (1990), p.

Information and Misinformation (London and New York, 2000), p. 65. 72 Cox, Household Interests, esp. xix (elite marriage strategies concerning political and material consolidation), pp. 62–7, 216–29; M. Corbier, ‘Les Comportements familiaux de l’aristocratie romaine (IIe siècle av. -C. – IIIe siècle ap. ), in Andreau and Bruhns (eds), Parenté, esp. 225–6 and 244–5; Corbier, ‘Divorce and Adoption’, pp. 47–9; 62–8, 73–4; Corbier, ‘Introduction’, pp. 11–16. 73 These strategies sought success for the kin group in order to acquire and retain power and privileges while simultaneously safeguarding survival of the line and continuity of the name, honour and domus without dispersing the patrimony among too many heirs.

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