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Sanctae Famulae Dei: Towards a Reading of Augustine's Female Martyrs

By RITA ELENA MARTIN

Abstract

Augustine of Hippo’s depictions of female martyrs have eluded scholarly attention despite recent interest in his attitudes towards women and his involvement with the cult of the martyrs. The present thesis addresses this oversight by resituating Augustine’s representations of female martyrs within the corpus of his works. It shows how Augustine’s representations of female martyrs are not simple auxiliary illustrations or marginal notes tangential to his main concerns, but rather they are complex images that reveal a depth of thought in their construction and employment, and which, therefore, deserve our attention in their own right. Perceiving the female martyrs within the wider context of his life, his moral and theological writings, and his pastoral ministry, this study explores how Augustine used the female martyrs to contemplate, articulate, and communicate theological beliefs, ecclesiological concerns, eschatological hopes, and moral teachings

Topics: "Augustine", "martyrs", "martyrdom", "women", "early Christianity", "patristics", "death"
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:etheses.dur.ac.uk:50
Provided by: Durham e-Theses

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