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Heaven's Purge: Purgatory in Late Antiquity

Isabel Moreira


This study explores the early history of purgatory as it developed from the first to the eighth centuries. Approaching the subject from a variety of angles, the book examines how ideas of post-mortem purgation as religious belief were forged from contested theology and eschatology, and how purgatory became the focus for such religious practices as prayer for the dead and the hope for intercession. Illuminating the various interests and influences at play in the formation of purgatorial ideas in late antiquity, this book discusses ideas about punishment and correction in the Roman world, slaver ... More

Keywords: purgatory, late antiquity, punishment, correction, slavery, visionary texts, penitentials, law codes, Bede, Origen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199736041
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isabel Moreira, author
University of Utah