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Cult of Saint Thecla: A Tradition of Women's Piety in Late Antiquity (Stephen J Davis) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2001) 9780199548712
Cult of Saint Thecla: A Tradition of Women's Piety in Late Antiquity (Stephen J Davis) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2001) 9780199548712
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Title: Cult of Saint Thecla: A Tradition of Women's Piety in Late Antiquity

Author: Davis, Stephen J

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2001

Paperback; ISBN: 9780199548712

Volumes: 1; Pages: 304

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Thecla, a disciple of the apostle Paul, was perhaps the most celebrated female saint and 'martyr' among Christians in late antiquity. In examining the practices of Thecla's devotees in Asia Minor and Egypt, Stephen Davis shows that Thecla's cult was closely linked with communities of women as a means of empowerment.

CONTENTS

List of Figures

Abbreviations

PART I. THE CULT OF SAINT THECLA IN ASIA MINOR 1

Origins of the Thecla Cult

Introduction

Women's Culture in the Acts of Paul and Thecla

Social Practice in the Acts of Paul and Thecla: Asceticism and Itinerancy

Thecla as a Social Type: Charismatics and Communities of Female Support in Second-Century Asia Minor

The Cult of Thecla at Seleucia in Asia Minor

Hagia Thekla: The Physical Setting

Literary Patronage of the Thecla Cult at Seleucia: The Expansion of Her Legend

Women's Piety in Cultural Conflict at Hagia Thekla: Asceticism, Itinerancy, and Martyr Cult

PART II. THE CULT OF SAINT THECLA IN EGYPT

Thecla Devotion Among Ascetic Women in Alexandria

Introduction

Female Monasticism in Alexandria: A Social Context for Thecla Devotion in the Fourth Century

Women's Devotion to Thecla in Political Context: Theological and Ascetic Factionalism in Fourth-Century Alexandria

The Fate of the Virgins: A History of Alexandrian Devotees to Saint Thecla

Pilgrimage and the Cult of Saint Thecla in the Mareotis

Egyptian Pilgrim Flasks with the Image of Saint Thecla

The Pairing of Saints Thecla and Menas: Geography and Gender in the Alexandrian Cult of the Martyrs

Evidence of a Thecla Shrine in the Mareotis

Cultic Competition Between the Shrines of Saints Menas and Thecla: A Study in the Appropriation of Oral Tradition

Women's Itinerancy and Pilgrimage: The Social Practices of Thecla Devotion in the Mareotis

The Spread of Thecla Devotion Outside Alexandria and Its Environs

Devotion to Saint Thecla in the Kharga Oasis: Evidence in Art

The Spread of Thecla Devotion in the Fayum and the Nile Valley

Conclusion

Appendix A. A Catalogue of Published Ampullae with Saint Thecla

Appendix B. Namesakes of Saint Thecla in Late Antique Egypt

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Bibliography

Index
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