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

By Vasiliki M. Limberis

This publication offers a brand new method of figuring out 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 renowned between all social degrees of Christians, together with the Cappadocian Fathers, that it shaped the rudimentary framework for Christian piety within the fourth century. while Christianity grew to become the kingdom faith in 325, the elemental presupposition of martyrdom as Christian identification grew to become ambiguous. therefore it used to be paramount for the Cappadocians to maintain, evolve, and signify how martyr piety healthy into the Christian existence after the Constantinian cost. The ebook unearths the Cappadocians' tireless promoting of martyr piety via cautious expositions of the ritual of the panegyris and significance of the calendar, their pastoral teachings via panegyrics to the martyrs, and the triumphs and frustrations of establishing a martyrium. Limberis additionally demonstrates how the Cappadocians fastened identical to the martyrs on their households' identities eternally, exhibiting how the veneration of the martyrs contributed to practising Christian religion in a familial context. The research demonstrates that the neighborhood martyr cults have been so strong that the Cappadocian Fathers promoted their very own relations 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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