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By Claudia Rapp

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

Controversially, adelphopoiesis was once on the middle of a contemporary debate in regards to the life of same-sex unions in medieval Europe. This booklet, the 1st ever finished background of this special function of Byzantine lifestyles, argues persuasively that the ecclesiastical ritual to bless a dating 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 felony specialists in Byzantium to comparative fabric within the Latin West and the Slavic global, Brother-Making in past due Antiquity and Byzantium examines the attention-grabbing non secular and social positive factors of the ritual, laying off gentle on little identified features of Byzantine society.

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