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The Cult of Saint Thecla : A Tradition of Women's Piety in Late Antiquity - Stephen J. Davis

The Cult of Saint Thecla

A Tradition of Women's Piety in Late Antiquity

Paperback Published: 1st November 2008
ISBN: 9780199548712
Number Of Pages: 258

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Thecla, a disciple of the apostle Paul, became perhaps the most celebrated female saint and "martyr" among Christians in late antiquity. In the early church, Thecla's example was associated with the piety of women -- in particular, with women's ministry and travel. Devotion to Saint Thecla quickly spread throughout the Mediterranean world: her image was painted on walls of tombs, stamped on clay flasks and oil lamps, engraved on bronze crosses and wooden combs, and even woven into textile curtains. Bringing together literary, artistic, and archaeological evidence, often for the first time, Stephen Davis here reconstructs the cult of Saint Thecla in Asia Minor and Egypt -- the social practices, institutions, and artefacts that marked the lives of actual devotees. From this evidence the author shows how the cult of this female saint remained closely linked with communities of women as a source of empowerment and a cause of controversy.

Industry Reviews

"This is a welcome study in English of a widespread early
Church tradition, most of whose scholarship is in German.
This is a fascinating addition to our knowledge of the
Thelca cult...a valuable contribution."--Journal of Early
Christian Studies

I: The Cult of St Thecla in Asia Minor 1: Origins of the Thecla Cult 2: The Cult of Thecla at Seleucia in Asia Minor II: The Cult of Saint Thecla in Egypt 3: Thecla Devotion Among Ascetic Women in Alexandria 4: Pilgrimage and the Cult of Saint Thecla in the Mareotis 5: The Spread of Thecla Devotion Outside Alexandria and Its Environs

ISBN: 9780199548712
ISBN-10: 0199548714
Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 1st November 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 13.72  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.4

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