Disease and Its Consequences in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages 150800 ce

Distribution Middle Ages

When early Christian literature is systematically scrutinized from an epidemiological perspective,30 linking disparate and sometimes disguised mentions of disease (disguised in the sense that an epidemic may be represented in one or more texts by accounts of miraculous cures or brief suggestive comments such as fevers laid waste the province), it becomes apparent that infectious diseases played a dynamic role in the synchronous fall of the Roman Empire and rise of Christianity. During the...

Disease and the Rise of Christianity in Europe 150800 ce

Through him Saint Antony , the Lord healed many of those present who were suffering in body and freed others from evil spirits. (Anthanasius's Life of St. Antony, c. 360 c.e.)1 A letter from Martin happened to be brought to him and he placed it in her bosom at the very moment when her temperature was rising and at once the fever left her. (Sulpicius Severus's Life of Saint Martin, c. 396 c.e.)2 The glorious tomb of the blessed martyr Baudilius is in Nimes The inhabitants of the region realized...

Early Christian and Jesuit Narratives of the Rise of Christianity

Although poststructuralism, in practice, often has tended to ahistori-cism and a down-playing of human agency, theorists such as Foucault, Derrida, and Barthes have provided useful strategies for understanding the form and content of early Christian and Jesuit literatures, and how these literatures reflect, albeit indirectly, the pretextual reality of early Christianity in Europe and Mexico.45 In the wake of the hermeneutics movement46 as well as poststructuralism, it is now generally...

Other Story Lines

However much early Christian and Jesuit authors followed culturally defined rules and logic to produce convincing and meaningful stories, 80 The Jesuits were new rationalists, believing that revelation and metaphysics provided unique insights that became truths by subjecting them to natural reason. J. B. Russell, Mephistopheles Ithaca, NY Cornell University Press, 1986 , 80-82. 81 Huizinga conveyed this worldview in a sentence The Middle Ages never forgot that all things would be absurd, if...