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Jerome, Quintilian and Little Paula: asceticism, education and ideology

Gray, C. (2018) Jerome, Quintilian and Little Paula: asceticism, education and ideology. In: Stenger, J. R. (ed.) Learning cities in late antiquity: the local dimension of education. Routledge.

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This chapter proposes a new reading of Jerome’s Letter 107, which is addressed to the aristocratic Christian matron Laeta and offers advice on how to bring up her daughter. It argues that the educational prescriptions of this letter are not an end in themselves but a pretext for imagining the triumph of Christian asceticism, practised at the borders of the Empire, over the pagan elites associated with the urban fabric of Rome.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (GCMS)
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
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