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Virgins of God


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Susanna Elm is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley.


`Elm's is one of the most important studies of early Christian asceticism in the twentieth century. Its influence on scholarship pertaining to late antiquity should be enormous. `Virgins of God' is required reading for anyone interested in early Christianity's development.'
Journal of Religion
`an ambitious book ... Instead of three venerable patristic figures, Basil, Pachomius, and Athanasius, as the founding fathers of mansticism, we are now faced with a variegated ascetic tradition in which women and heretics played the pivotal role.'
Bryn Mawr Classical Review
`an exciting book to read; it should be read by anyone interested in early Church history and the role of women in the early Church ... It belongs in every monastic library ... The scholarship is sensible and almost always fascinating.'
Coptic Church Review
`a very well researched and documented academic treatise ... It is, I believe, the first comprehensive study of the place of the virgin in antiquity to be written in English ... challenging and exciting reading ... I welcome the publication of this book and recommend it to all students of the history of ascetic and community life, as well as to those exercised about the future of the consecrated state.'
M. Ruth Bleakley, Fairacres Chronicle
`Anyone interested in either gender studies or the Church will at least want to consult `Virgins of God'... a painstaking detailed account of many diverse sources...'
Greece and Rome Reviews 42
`her book is interesting and important in its placing of the development of this institution, as she sees it, in the framework of the internal political struggles of the Church.'
Journal of Hellenic Studies
`Elm has sought out and made available a number of little-known sources which increase knowledge and understanding of the roles of ascetic women, and in this her study is extremely valuable.'
Charlotte Methuen, Ecclesiastical Hisotry, Vol. 48, No. 3
`Remarkable study...The volume is well written, amply documented and provided with an excellent select bibliography and various indices.'
The Journal of Indo-European Studies

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