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Melania the Younger

From Rome to Jerusalem

Elizabeth A. Clark

15 April 2021

ISBN: 9780190888237

320 pages
Paperback
235x156mm

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Price: £21.99

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Melania the Younger: From Rome to Jerusalem explores one of the most richly detailed stories of a woman of late antiquity. Melania, an early fifth-century Roman Christian aristocrat, renounced her staggering wealth to lead a life of ascetic renunciation. Her life spans many crucial events in the history of the later Roman Empire.

  • Presents a revealing portrait of an immensely important figure in early Christianity
  • Provides a translation of the Greek version of Melania's Life
  • Explores the later Roman Empire through the life of a noblewoman
  • Includes research on ancient wealth inequality; slavery; transportation problems; women's roles and status

About the Author(s)

Elizabeth A. Clark, John Carlisle Kilgo Professor, Emerita, Duke University

Elizabeth A. Clark is John Carlisle Kilgo Professor, Emerita, at Duke University. Her previous books include History, Theory, Text; Reading Renunciation; Founding the Fathers; and The Fathers Refounded.

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Maps
    Family Trees
    Abbreviations
    Chapter One: Finding Melania
    Chapter Two: Rome: Empire, City, and Church
    Chapter Three: Aristocracy, Family, and Property
    Chapter Four: Pagans and Christians in Late Ancient Rome
    Chapter Five: Ascetic Renunciation
    Chapter Six: Exiting Rome and the Sack of the City
    Chapter Seven: To Sicily and North Africa
    Chapter Eight: To Jerusalem
    Chapter Nine: To Constantinople and Back
    Translation: The Life of Saint Melania the Younger
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index

Reviews

"Magisterial.... [Clark] shows us how dramatically what we can see in Melania has changed." - Times Literary Supplement