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Theatrical Shows and Ascetic Lives: John Chrysostom's Attack on Spiritual Marriage

Blake Leyerle


This book provides an original and rewarding context for understanding the prolific fourth-century Christian theologian John Chrysostom and the religious and social world in which he lived. The book analyzes two highly rhetorical treatises by this early church father attacking the phenomenon of “spiritual marriage”. Spiritual marriage was an ascetic practice with a long history in which a man and a woman lived together in an intimate relationship without sex. What begins as an analysis of Chrysostom's attack on spiritual marriage becomes a broad investigation into Chrysostom's life and work, t ... More

Keywords: John Chrysostom, spiritual marriage, ascetic practice, theater, Christianity, late antiquity, rhetoric, sexuality, power, Antioch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520215580
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520215580.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Blake Leyerle, author