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The Early History of Greed : The Sin of Avarice in Early Medieval Thought and Literature - Richard Newhauser

The Early History of Greed

The Sin of Avarice in Early Medieval Thought and Literature

Hardcover Published: 20th April 2000
ISBN: 9780521385220
Number Of Pages: 264

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In this full-length study of the early history of greed Richard Newhauser challenges the traditional view that avarice only became a dominant sin with the rise of a money economy. He shows that avaritia, the sin of greed for possessions, was dominant in a wide range of theological and literary texts from the first century CE, and that by the early Middle Ages avarice headed the list of vices for authors aiming to convert others from pagan materialism to Christian spirituality.

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List of abbreviations
Preface
Alms and ascetes, round stones and masons: avarice in the early church
Ascetic transformations I: monks and the laity in eastern Christendom
Ascetic transformations II: soaring eagles or safety in the herd - from anchoritic to cenobitic monasticism
Ascetic transformations III: the Latin west in the fourth and fifth centuries
Secularizing avarice and cupidity
Epilogue: Future perspectives
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Indexes
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ISBN: 9780521385220
ISBN-10: 0521385229
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 20th April 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.85  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.49

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