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The Cult of Saint Thecla: A Tradition of Women's Piety in Late Antiquity
Thecla, a disciple of the apostle Paul, was perhaps the most celebrated female saint and 'martyr' among Christians in late antiquity. In examining the practices of Thecla's devotees in Asia Minor and Egypt, Stephen Davis shows that Thecla's cult was closely linked with communities of women as a means of empowerment.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 5th 2001 by Clarendon Press
(first published January 1st 2001)
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Dec 11, 2015 Aaron rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
In conducting personal writings research into Saint Thecla, my wanderings found me in the company of Davis' documentation of the architectural and artefactual evidence of Thecla and of Thecla's history. THE CULT OF SAINT THECLA is Davis' fervent documentation and streamlining of the available literature and artefacts regarding early Christian devotion to Saint Thecla. This sounds like a monumental task, and it is; however, because of the limited surviving materials and because of the known range ...more