Brother-making in late antiquity and Byzantium : monks, laymen, and Christian ritual / Claudia Rapp
- Rapp, Claudia
- New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white).
- Onassis series in Hellenic culture
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Social Structures -- A.Brotherhood Language -- B.Kinship and the Family -- C.Other Forms of Brotherhood and the Significance of Oaths -- D.Friendship and Christianity -- E.Homosociability in Byzantium -- 2.The Ritual of Adelphopoiesis -- A.Ritual Practice: A Present-Day Blessing among Pilgrims to Jerusalem -- B.The Manuscript Evidence in Byzantine Prayer Books (Euchologia) -- C.The Ritual of Adelphopoiesis as Evidence for its Social Context -- D.The Prayers: History and Purpose -- 3.The Origins: Small-Group Monasticism in Late Antiquity -- A.Monastic Beginnings -- B.Small Monastic Groups and Paired Monks in Documents -- C.Small Groups of Monks in the Monastic Literature -- D.Temptations and Challenges -- E.Sharing Spiritual Capital and the Same Tomb -- F.Case Study: Symeon the Fool and John and Other Examples from Hagiography -- G.Byzantine Continuations of Paired Monasticism -- 4.The Social Practice of Brother-Making in Byzantium -- A.Seventh-Century Transitions -- B.Spiritual Brotherhood beyond the Monastery -- C.Case Study: Emperor Basil I and John, the Son of Danelis -- D.Brother-Making in Practice: Middle and High Society -- 5.Prescriptions and Restrictions in Byzantium -- A.Rules and Regulations -- B.Case Study: Demetrios Chomatenos, Legal Expert and Bishop in Thirteenth-Century Epiros -- 6.Beyond Byzantium -- A.Case Study: Kapetan Michalis and Nuri Bey.
- An exhaustive treatment of ritual brotherhood in Byzantium, this book challenges the 'Boswell Thesis' and argues that the ecclesiastical ritual to bless a relationship between two men bears no resemblance to marriage, but has its origins in early monasticism.
- 9780199396795 (ebook)
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