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Gruesome Deaths and Celibate Lives: Christian Martyrs and Ascetics

Aideen M. Hartney

Abstract

From the ranks of the early Christian faithful emerged colourful personalities who seized the imagination and held the attention of the rest of their community. This they achieved either by their readiness in times of persecution to die for their faith as martyrs or by their sometimes extravagant efforts to subsume their physical desires and needs to spiritual ends as ascetics. Their actions not only inspired contemporaries; they played a key role in the development of the Christian faith and the organisation of the Church. Intriguing in themselves because of their often extreme behaviour, the ... More

Keywords: early Christian faithful, persecution, martyrs, physical desires, ascetics, Christian faith, extreme behaviour, Christian tradition, Roman society, Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9781904675426
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781904675426.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aideen M. Hartney, author
University College Dublin, University of Liverpool