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Melania the Younger: From Rome to Jerusalem

Elizabeth A. Clark


Melania the Younger: From Rome to Jerusalem analyzes one of the most richly detailed stories of a woman of late antiquity. Melania, an early fifth-century Roman Christian aristocrat, renounced her many possessions and staggering wealth to lead a life of ascetic renunciation. Hers is a tale of “riches to rags.” Born to high Roman aristocracy in the late fourth century, Melania encountered numerous difficulties posed by family members, Roman officials, and historical circumstances themselves in disposing of her wealth, property spread across at least eight Roman provinces, and thousands of slave ... More

Keywords: aristocracy, asceticism, Christianity, paganism, property, Rome, sack of Rome, slaves, wealth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190888220
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190888220.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth A. Clark, author
John Carlisle Kilgo Professor, Emerita, Duke University