By Claudia Rapp

between medieval Christian societies, Byzantium is exclusive in holding an ecclesiastical ritual of adelphopoiesis, which publicizes males, now not comparable through start, as brothers for all times. It has its foundation as a non secular blessing within the monastic global of past due antiquity, and it turns into a well-liked social networking procedure between lay humans from the 9th century onwards, even discovering program lately. situated on the intersection of faith and society, brother-making exemplifies how social perform can turn into ritualized and hence subjected to makes an attempt of ecclesiastical and felony control.

Controversially, adelphopoiesis was once on the middle of a contemporary debate concerning the lifestyles of same-sex unions in medieval Europe. This booklet, the 1st ever entire background of this designated function of Byzantine existence, argues persuasively that the ecclesiastical ritual to bless a courting among males bears no resemblance to marriage. Wide-ranging in its use of assets, from a whole census of the manuscripts containing the ritual of adelphopoiesis to the literature and archaeology of early monasticism, and from the works of hagiographers, historiographers, and felony specialists in Byzantium to comparative fabric within the Latin West and the Slavic global, Brother-Making in overdue Antiquity and Byzantium examines the attention-grabbing non secular and social beneficial properties of the ritual, laying off mild on little identified features of Byzantine society.

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