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Heaven's PurgePurgatory in Late Antiquity$
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Isabel Moreira

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199736041

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736041.001.0001

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Purgation in the Sixth and Seventh Centuries

Purgation in the Sixth and Seventh Centuries

(p.81) 4 Purgation in the Sixth and Seventh Centuries
Heaven's Purge

Isabel Moreira

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines writers on purgatory in the sixth and seventh centuries, including Julianus Pomerius, Caesarius of Arles, and Gregory the Great. It also examines ideas about postmortem purgation as expressed in minor works of the seventh century including De ordine creaturarum and in visions of the afterlife and in hagiography. It concludes by looking at rituals of sacramental purification, especially baptism and penance, and discusses purgation in funeral liturgies, burial practices, and prayers for the dead.

Keywords:   Julianus Pomerius, Caesarius of Arles, Gregory the Great, De ordine creaturarum, visions, hagiography, penance, funeral liturgy, burial practices, rituals

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