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The Manly Eunuch: Masculinity, Gender Ambiguity, and Christian Ideology in Late Antiquity

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  8 ratings  ·  2 reviews
The question of masculinity formed a key part of the intellectual life of late antiquity and was crucial to the development of Christian society. This idea is at the heart of Mathew Kuefler's new book, which revisits the Roman Empire during the third and fifth centuries of the common era. Kuefler argues that the collapse of the Roman army, an increasingly autocratic govern ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published July 25th 2001 by University Of Chicago Press
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Amy Hughes
This is an excellent read. Kuefler's careful study and elucidation of the construction of the Christian masculine ideal in the West is clear, thorough and incredibly fascinating. it's important for those of the feminist persuasion (and others of course) to engage with material on the construction of gendered identity on this level to recognize cultural situatedness and the utility of such constructions. Kuefler articulates well the narrative, what it bought early Christians and what was at stake ...more
Well-written, interesting argument, and entertaining anecdotes. Not nearly as complicated as the title would lead one to believe.
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