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Bibil Identifier bibil:202803
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) The Cult of Saint Thecla: A Tradition of Women's Piety in Late Antiquity
Author Davis, Stephen J.
Series Oxford Early Christian Studies
Year (Publication) 2001
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2001
Year (Copyright) 2001
Year (Reference) 2001
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPA 1133
Place 236THEC
Publishing house Oxford University Press
Place Oxford
ISBN 0-19-827019-4
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xiv Pages
288 Pages
height in cm 22
Genre Original
Abstract Thecla, a disciple of the apostle Paul, became perhaps the most celebrated female saint and "martyr" among Christians in late antiquity. In the early church, Thecla's example was associated with the piety of women -- in particular, with women's ministry and travel. Devotion to Saint Thecla quickly spread throughout the Mediterranean world: her image was painted on walls of tombs, stamped on clay flasks and oil lamps, engraved on bronze crosses and wooden combs, and even woven into textile curtains. Bringing together literary, artistic, and archaeological evidence, often for the first time, Stephen Davis here reconstructs the cult of Saint Thecla in Asia Minor and Egypt -- the social practices, institutions, and artefacts that marked the lives of actual devotees. From this evidence the author shows how the cult of this female saint remained closely linked with communities of women as a source of empowerment and a cause of controversy.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Thecla
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Martyrdom
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Woman
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Asceticism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to New Testament Characters or Events : Apostles / Acts : Paul : Acts of Paul : Acts of Paul and Thecla
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Asia Minor
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : History and Civilization : Roman Period
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Alexandria
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