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Preaching BondageJohn Chrysostom and the Discourse of Slavery in Early Christianity$
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Chris L. de Wet

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286214

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286214.001.0001

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The Didactics of Kyriarchy

The Didactics of Kyriarchy

Slavery, Education, and the Formation of Masculinity

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Preaching Bondage

Chris L. de Wet

University of California Press

This chapter examines the role of slaves in education and the formation of masculinity according to John Chrysostom. More specifically, it shows how the involvement of slaves in educational practices in the Roman Empire both reproduced and destabilized patriarchal and kyriarchal power. In order to elucidate the relationship between kyriarchization—the process of teaching children how to be future slaveholders—and masculinity, the chapter analyzes Chrysostom's views on the importance of nurses, pedagogues, and household slaves in the education of Roman children. It also considers how slaves themselves were educated and concludes with a discussion of Chrysostom's proscription of a scriptural pedagogy that will ensure that the child behaves as a free person, not a slave.

Keywords:   slaves, education, masculinity, John Chrysostom, Roman Empire, kyriarchization, children, nurse, pedagogue, pedagogy

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