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Deviance and disaster : rationalising sexual morality in Western Christian discourses, AD 390-AD 520

  title={Deviance and disaster : rationalising sexual morality in Western Christian discourses, AD 390-AD 520},
  author={Ulriika Vihervalli},
This thesis argues that the transition from traditional Roman ideas of sexual behaviour to idealised Christian sexual behaviour was a reactionary process, for which the period from AD 390 to AD 520 offers a crucial key stage. During this era, the Roman West underwent significant socio-political changes, resulting in warfare and violent conflict, which created a pressurised and traumatic environment for people who endured them. In this context, the rhetoric of divine punishment for sinful… Expand

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