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Bone Gatherers The Lost Worlds of Early Christian Women

ISBN-10: 0807013099
ISBN-13: 9780807013090
Edition: 2008
Authors: Nicola Denzey
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Description: A journey through the catacombs to rediscover the powerful pagan and Christian women of ancient Rome When Nicola Denzey leads tour groups into the Roman Catacombs, participants are struck by the splendor of the burial chambers-many of which were  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 7/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

A journey through the catacombs to rediscover the powerful pagan and Christian women of ancient Rome When Nicola Denzey leads tour groups into the Roman Catacombs, participants are struck by the splendor of the burial chambers-many of which were created by or for women. In The Bone Gatherers, Denzey uses this archaeological evidence, along with text records, in an unprecedented way: to resurrect the lives of several powerful fourth-century women who, until recently, had been lost to history. Surprisingly, she finds that representations of aristocratic Roman Christian women show a shift in the value and significance of womanhood over the fourth century; these depictions belie a power struggle between the sexes within early Christianity-one that women lost, and one that has had long-lasting implications for the roles of women in the Church. "Nicola Denzeys lively, readable book opens up a fascinating, long hidden world of early Christian women. This fine work not only lets us into their world, but shows how it was kept hidden so long." -Elaine Pagels, author of Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity and The Gnostic Gospels

Abbreviations
Introduction: The Bone Gatherers
Death Takes a Bride
Proba and the Piglet
Waiting in the Afterlife
Praying with Prisca
Petronella Goes to Paradise
The Silent Virgin and the Pale Child
Pope Damasus, Ear Tickler
Epilogue: Turtura's Veil
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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