The eternal Italian male

From Gillian Clark, Women in Late Antiquity: Pagan and Christian Life-styles (Oxford, 1993):

Remaining at home was not recommended for ascetic men (Jerome, letter 125, 11), since their mothers would insist on feeding them properly, and the slave-girls would be a constant temptation.

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  1. I studied Gender in early Medieval Europe at Manchester under Conrad Leyser. I would love to have carried on but couldn’t get funding. I envy you being able to carry on researching. Now, I only hover on the fringes of research! Excellent blog and most enjoyable. Regards lunadraconis

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