Children and Asceticism in Late Antiquity: Continuity, by Ville Vuolanto

By Ville Vuolanto

In past due Antiquity the emergence of Christian asceticism challenged the conventional Greco-Roman perspectives and practices of kin lifestyles. The ensuing discussions at the correct method to stay a very good Christian lifestyles supply us with numerous info on either ideological statements and residing studies of overdue Roman early life. this is often the 1st publication to scrutinise the interaction among family members, childrens and asceticism within the upward thrust of Christianity. Drawing on texts of Christian authors of the overdue fourth and early 5th centuries the quantity methods the examine of family members dynamics and formative years from either ideological and social ancient views. It examines where of youngsters within the relations in Christian ideology and explores how households within the past due Roman international tailored those beliefs in perform. delivering clean viewpoints to present scholarship Ville Vuolanto demonstrates that there have been many continuities in Roman methods of wondering young children and, regardless of the increase of Christianity, the previous traditions remained deeply embedded within the tradition. furthermore, the discussions approximately kinfolk and youngsters are proven to were in detail associated with concerns in regards to the continuity of kin lineage and of the self, and to the altering knowing of what constituted a significant lifestyles.

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There is only ‘now’, as he claims (Bauman, Mortality, Immortality, pp. 129–60 and 166–99). 67 Bauman, Mortality, Immortality, pp. 91–2. 65 Children and Asceticism in Late Antiquity 28 Continuity and Roman Culture The identification of the sense of continuity as the goal for strategies is not, however, only due to the theoretical literature. Even if continuity strategies in the Roman Empire have not previously been an object of study per se, and the use of the concept of family or household strategies has been limited among ancient historians, various strategies have been referred to in research.

24 and 106. Quote from D. Bertaux and P. Thompson, ‘Introduction’, in D. Bertaux and P. Thompson (eds), Between Generations: Family Models, Myths, and Memories (Oxford, 1993), p. 2. 51 P. Bourdieu, ‘Les stratégies matrimoniales dans le système de reproduction’, Annales (ESC) 27(4–5) (1972), pp. 1105–6, 1124, stressing the cultural and normative aspects of the actual decision making. See also P. Bourdieu, The Logic of Practice (Cambridge, 1990), p. 53. For critical discussion, see Diane Wolf, ‘Daughters, Decisions and Domination: An Empirical and Conceptual Critique of Household Strategies’, Development and Change 21 (1990), p.

MacWilliam, ‘Children among the Dead: The Influence of Urban Life on the Commemoration of Children on Tombstone Inscriptions’, in S. ), Childhood, Class and Kin in the Roman World (London and New York, 2001), pp. 85–90. 116 H. Kotila, Memoria mortuorum. Commemoration of the Departed in Augustine (Rome, 1992), pp. 30–38; Champlin, Final Judgements, pp. 180–84. On the belief in the afterlife in Antiquity, see M. Beard, J. North and S. Price, Religions of Rome, Vol 1. A History (Cambridge, 1999), pp.

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