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Bibil Identifier bibil:245317
Publication Type Journal article
Title (Italian, Long) Presenze femminili nell'immaginario bizantino dell'aldilà
Author Silvano, Luigi
Journal Henoch. Studies in Judaism and Christianity from Second Temple to Late Antiquity (Volume: 38, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Language Italian
Pages 331-344 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper provides a survey of the presence of female figures in some Byzantine visions of the other world. In describing the torments of sinners in hell, these tales present several women being punished for their sexual misconduct. The same attitude can be observed in the Life of St Basil the Younger (10th century), where even a woman ultimately destined to heaven is shown guilty of sexual misdemeanors. The anonymous authors of these works (be they male or female) apparently share the misogynist prejudices commonly found in Byzantine literature, where women are often depicted as naturally lecherous and lascivious temptresses.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Woman
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Netherworld
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Sin
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