This paper considers women either directly or indirectly portrayed in Jerome’s letters with a focus on the culture with which they are endowed and especially their knowledge of languages. Their multilingualism obviously serves Jerome’s purpose of implicitly legitimating himself as a spiritual guide, and enhancing his own scriptural and doctrinal authority. Nonetheless it should not be considered a strictly literary topos, stemming from the classical tradition of the rhetorical praise of paideia. Moreover, if the knowledge of Greek stands out as a feature common to both Christians and pagans of the fourth-century aristocratic elite, Jerome’s women’s multilingualism in some respects must be related to a specifically Christian cultural background.

Jerome’s Epistolary Portraits of Holy Women: Some Remarks about Their Alleged Multilingualism / P.F. Moretti. - In: JOURNAL OF LATE ANTIQUITY. - ISSN 1939-6716. - 7:2(2014), pp. 4.280-4.297. [10.1353/jla.2014.0032]

Jerome’s Epistolary Portraits of Holy Women: Some Remarks about Their Alleged Multilingualism

P.F. Moretti
2014

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This paper considers women either directly or indirectly portrayed in Jerome’s letters with a focus on the culture with which they are endowed and especially their knowledge of languages. Their multilingualism obviously serves Jerome’s purpose of implicitly legitimating himself as a spiritual guide, and enhancing his own scriptural and doctrinal authority. Nonetheless it should not be considered a strictly literary topos, stemming from the classical tradition of the rhetorical praise of paideia. Moreover, if the knowledge of Greek stands out as a feature common to both Christians and pagans of the fourth-century aristocratic elite, Jerome’s women’s multilingualism in some respects must be related to a specifically Christian cultural background.
Latin literature ; Latin Christian literature ; Jerome of Stridon ; Latin epistolography
Settore L-FIL-LET/04 - Lingua e Letteratura Latina
Settore L-FIL-LET/06 - Letteratura Cristiana Antica
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