Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 13250
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Vinson , Martha P.
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  • Title: Gender and Politics in the Post-Iconoclastic Period: The "Lives" of Anthony the Younger, the Empress Theodora, and the Patriarch Ignatios [the author argues that the "Life with Encomium of the Blessed and Holy Empress Theodora" and the "Life and Conduct of Saint Anthony the Younger" were written together to counter the iconoclast resentments, embodied in the aggressively masculine writings of Photios, against an iconophile government headed by a woman and surrounded by eunuch advisors; the author of the "Vita" of Saint Anthony uses an Aristotelian form of argumentation for the relative, placing the saint in the middle between lust and impotence, wanton aggression and effeminate cowardice, and other bi-polar extremes of gender stereotypes; the end result was a secularization of the ideas of sanctity and a reliance upon sex roles to characterize the saint].
  • Source: Byzantion 68, 2 ( 1998): Pages 469 - 515.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Anthony the Younger, Saint Byzantium Empresses Gender Hagiography Iconoclasm Ignatios, Patriarch of Constantinople Masculinity Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople Politics Propaganda Submissiveness Theodora, Saint and Wife of Theophilos, Byzantine Emperor Women in Religion
  • Geographic Area: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Century: 9
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  • Year of Publication: 1998.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 03782506
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