Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World

By Joyce E. Salisbury

An vast and interesting number of tales that includes either recognized and daily girls, giving a well-rounded view of the lives of girls within the historical world.

• Entries together with girls from delusion, faith, and legend together with Eve, Aphrodite, the earth goddess Gaea, Helen of Troy, and Isis

• Entries prepared by means of different types reminiscent of Greece, Rome, Christian, and northern Europe for ease of research

• Many infrequent and revealing photographs together with a procession of virgin martyrs, ca. A.D. 560

• photos of historical sculptures together with a Minoan snake goddess, ca. 1600 B.C.; various maps of old Greece and Mesopotamia; and an outline of the Hellenistic monarchies

• Genealogical charts of the Herodian kinfolk, the relatives of Augustus, and the Julio-Claudian house

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The subsequent yr, the church father determined to go away Rome to visit the Holy Land, and he used to be observed by means of Paula and Eustochium, the mum and sister of the useless widow. They possible didn't blame him for the asceticism of Blaesilla and appeared definite that she had died in a nation of grace. Jerome’s writings did preserve alive the identify of this old girl who starved herself to dying within the identify of Christ. See additionally Asella; Eustochium; Marcella; Paula prompt Readings Jerome. Jerome: Letters and choose Works. Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, vol. 6. Ed. Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1995. Kelly, J. N. D. Jerome: His lifestyles, Writings, and Controversies. ny: Harper and Row, 1975. Blandina Martyr (d. A. D. 177) A brisk exchange alongside the River Rhone in Gaul (in smooth France) introduced items and folks from the east to the towns of Gaul. As early because the first century A. D. , Christians had come from the Greek-speaking towns of the east—from as far-off as Syria—and taken up place of abode in those Latin cities alongside the Rhone. lots of those Christians have been prosperous and good expert— physicians and legal professionals in addition to retailers— and plenty of had slaves. a few of the slaves have been Christians, yet a few have been pagans, who may testify opposed to their masters while hassle started. in the summertime of A. D. 177, difficulty did come to the Christians of Lyons and Vienne, and pagans became on their Christian buddies as persecution escalated. between those that will be killed used to be the slave girl Blandina, whose braveness raised her some distance above her social prestige. A Christian eyewitness wrote of the occasions of the persecution in a letter circulated to Christians within the church buildings of Asia, whence the Gallic Christians had come. The fourth-century historian Eusebius reproduced the letter in his heritage of the Church, and it bargains a awesome glimpse into the early Christian groups of old western Europe. The Christians in Gaul started to event persecution of varied varieties from pagan pals who have been suspicious of them. The textual content doesn't say what caused the animosity, so we won't comprehend for yes. In a few elements of the empire, Christians have been falsely reputed to interact in practices from cannibalism to sexual promiscuity, yet we can't comprehend no matter if pagans in Lyons and Vienne had heard those rumors. For no matter what cause, Christians have been first banned from the general public areas of the town—the baths and the forum—and ultimately have been instructed they can now not be obvious wherever in any respect. in the event that they did look, crowds attacked them, beating them and dragging them at the flooring. eventually, officers blandina 33 became concerned, and lots of Christians have been imprisoned and taken to trial. a few renounced their religion within the face of such strain, yet others persisted directly to face martyrdom. the author of the letter mentioned the trial and of the tortures that a few of the Christians skilled, and the writer brought with ask yourself a courageous slave girl. The narrator defined Blandina as “worthless and unpleasant and despicable,” yet he famous with ask yourself that God’s grace can make even any such one “worthy of significant glory.

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