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By Claudia Rapp

between medieval Christian societies, Byzantium is exclusive in maintaining an ecclesiastical ritual of adelphopoiesis, which declares males, no longer comparable through start, as brothers for all times. It has its beginning as a religious blessing within the monastic international of overdue antiquity, and it turns into a well-liked social networking technique between lay humans from the 9th century onwards, even discovering software in recent years. situated on the intersection of faith and society, brother-making exemplifies how social perform can develop into ritualized and accordingly subjected to makes an attempt of ecclesiastical and criminal control.

Controversially, adelphopoiesis used to be on the middle of a contemporary debate concerning the lifestyles of same-sex unions in medieval Europe. This booklet, the 1st ever entire background of this targeted characteristic of Byzantine lifestyles, argues persuasively that the ecclesiastical ritual to bless a courting among males bears no resemblance to marriage. Wide-ranging in its use of assets, from a whole census of the manuscripts containing the ritual of adelphopoiesis to the literature and archaeology of early monasticism, and from the works of hagiographers, historiographers, and criminal specialists in Byzantium to comparative fabric within the Latin West and the Slavic global, Brother-Making in past due Antiquity and Byzantium examines the interesting non secular and social beneficial properties of the ritual, laying off gentle on little recognized facets of Byzantine society.

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