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By Jennifer Wright Knust

Early Christians used fees of adultery, incest, and lascivious habit to demonize their competitors, police insiders, face up to pagan rulers, and outline what it intended to be a Christian. Christians often claimed that they, they usually on my own have been sexually virtuous, evaluating themselves to these marked as outsiders, in particular non-believers and "heretics," who have been stated to be managed by means of lust and not able to rein of their carnal wishes. actual or now not, those fees allowed Christians to offer themselves as various from and morally more suitable to these round them. via cautious, leading edge readings, Jennifer Knust explores the writings of Paul, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus of Lyons, and different early Christian authors who argued that Christ by myself made self-mastery attainable. Rejection of Christ ended in either immoral sexual habit and, eventually, alienation and punishment from God. Knust considers how Christian writers participated in a protracted culture of rhetorical invective, a rhetoric that was once usually hired to shield prestige and distinction. Christians borrowed, deployed, and reconfigured classical rhetorical concepts, turning them opposed to their rulers to undercut their ethical and political authority. Knust additionally examines using accusations of licentiousness in conflicts among rival teams of Christians. Portraying rival sects as wicked allowed accusers to assert their very own team as consultant of "true Christianity." Knust's publication additionally finds the ways that sexual slurs and their use in early Christian writings mirrored cultural and gendered assumptions approximately what constituted purity, morality, and fact. In doing so, deserted to Lust highlights the advanced interrelationships among intercourse, gender, and sexuality in the classical, biblical, and early-Christian traditions.

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Therefore, slaves, laborers, and women cannot be citizens in the ideal polis since they lack the requisite capacity for virtue (1277b33–1278a40. Compare Plato Leg. 264e). 59 The fact that such supposed anomalies could 28 SEXUAL SLANDER AND ANCIENT INVECTIVE occur demonstrates that these categories were not impermeable but were, in fact, always dangerously subject to renegotiation. The proposition that virtue has little or nothing to do with slaves was reiterated and enforced in legal sources. 60 According to Roman law, slaves could not legally marry (though at least some did “marry” anyway).

Exterior Excellences A. Noble birth (eugeneia) B. Environment 1. native city 2. fellow citizens 3. excellence of the city’s government 4. ancestors and family C. Personal advantages 1. education 2. friends 3. fame 4. public service 5. wealth 6. number and beauty of children 7. happy death II. Bodily Excellences A. Health B. Strength C. Beauty D. Vitality III. Spiritual Excellences A. Virtues 1. wisdom 2. moderation 3. courage SEXUAL SLANDER AND ANCIENT INVECTIVE 21 4. justice 5. piety 6. nobility 7.

Some of his main arguments include: (1) There was no moral censure against an adult male taking an adolescent boy as a lover. Indeed, men are expected to find both young males and females beautiful (kalov~) and to desire them both. 69 (3) In light of the first two propositions, domination and submission were important organizing principles for what was considered proper sexuality for citizen Greek males. The adult citizen male must always be in the dominant position. He penetrates; he pursues. Women, slaves, young boys, and foreigners—the citizen male’s “natural” subordinates—are pursued and penetrated; they are expected to be submissive.

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