Jerome on Virginity: A Commentary on the "Libellus de Virginitate Servanda" (Letter 22) (ARCA (Classical & Medieval Texts, Papers & Monographs) S. v.

Jerome on Virginity: A Commentary on the "Libellus de Virginitate Servanda" (Letter 22) (ARCA (Classical & Medieval Texts, Papers & Monographs) S. v.

By: N. Adkin (author)Hardback

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As one of the four "Doctors of the Church", Jerome is a veritable giant who bestrides the classical and medieval worlds. His Libellus de virginitate servanda, written in Rome in 384, sets out the manner of life appropriate to a Christian virgin. It takes the form of a letter to a specific person, Eustochium, the teenage daughter of an aristocratic family, encouraging her to persevere in her intention of remaining a virgin. The Libellus, however, is more than just a friendly lecture on morality; it is an extensive academic treatise, forty-one chapters long, covering many aspects of virginity. The enormous influence of this treatise throughout the whole of late antiquity and the middle ages attests to Jerome's brilliant success.Jerome possessed an omnivorous appetite for books, a magpie mind and a vast memory. With these resources he created in the Libellus a scintillating patchwork of borrowings from his Greek and Latin patristic predecessors and contemporaries. The full extent of his debt to others is uncovered in this major commentary, the first in any language to be devoted to the Libellus. Although the practice of unacknowledged quotation was common and acceptable throughout antiquity, Neil Adkin's commentary shows how far Jerome overstepped the limits, and also demonstrates how Jerome's brilliance as a writer enhanced his stolen material.

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Neil Adkin is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of over one hundred and seventy articles on classical and medieval Latin literature, on patristics in general, and on Jerome in particular.

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  • publication date: 17/07/2003
  • ISBN13: 9780905205380
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 480
  • ID: 9780905205380
  • weight: 744
  • ISBN10: 0905205383

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