Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 8563
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Garland , Lynda.
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  • Title: Be Amorous, But Be Chaste…’: Sexual morality in Byzantine learned and vernacular romance [Aristocratic Byzantine readers enjoyed romances, which often derived tales of love and adventure from Hellenstic or ancient Greek influences and traditions. From the twelfth century onwards, authors of romances in Greek often borrowed themes from ancient pagan texts including the idea of passionate erotic love, yet unlike Classical authors, Byzantine writers strictly presented marriage as the ultimate goal to which all characters strive. Despite threats to their chastity, these romances featured heroes and heroines who remain chaste until the wedding ceremony that ends the story. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 14, ( 1990): Pages 62 - 120.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Byzantium Chastity Classical Influences Eroticism Greek Literature Love Marriage in Literature Nobility Pagan Influences Readers Romance, Literary Genre Sexuality Social Change Virginity in Literature Women in Literature
  • Geographic Area: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Century: 12
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of New England, Armidale
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  • Year of Publication: 1990.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 03070131
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