Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 2173
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Cantara , Linda
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  • Title: Holy Eunuchs! Masculinity and Eunuch Saints in Byzantium [In this brief overview, the author concentrates on the tenth century "Life" of Ignatios the Younger, twice patriarch of Constantinople (847-858 and 867-878). Tougher argues that the hagiographer treats Ignatios as a typical holy man with just one mention of his castration. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages.  Edited by P. H. Cullum and Katherine J. Lewis.  Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages Series. University of Wales Press, 2004.  Pages 93 - 108.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Byzantium Eunuchs Gender Hagiography Ignatios, Patriarch of Constantinople Masculinity Orthodox Eastern Clergy Patriarchs
  • Geographic Area: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Century: 9-10
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  • Illustrations: One figure. Figure One Mosaic of St. Ignatios (Istanbul, Hagia Sophia). Tougher notes that the physical appearance signals his identity as a eunuch, with smooth beardless cheeks and a youthful face.
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  • Author's Affiliation: Case Western Reserve University
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  • Year of Publication: 2004.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0708318940
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