By Claudia Rapp
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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