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The Virgin and the Bride: Idealized Womanhood in Late Antiquity Paperback – March 5, 1999Price: $31.99. The Virgin and the Bride: Idealized Womanhood in Late Antiquity. During the last centuries of the Roman Empire, the prevailing ideal of feminine virtue was radically transformed: the pure but fertile heroines of Greek and Roman romance were replaced by a Christian heroine who ardently refused the marriage bed.3.5/5.

The Virgin and the Bride offers a new look at central aspects of the Christianization of the Roman world, and an engaging discussion of the rhetoric of gender and the social meaning of idealized womanhood. A Journal Devoted to Research in Classical Antiquity. Volume 93, Number 2 | Apr., 1998 The Virgin and the Bride: Idealized Womanhood in Late Antiquity Add To Favorites: Permissions; Reprints: SHARE. ARTICLE CITATION. Judith Evans Grubbs, "The Virgin and the Bride: Idealized Womanhood in Late Antiquity. Kate Cooper," Classical Philology.