The article delves into the brief biography of Papula, a young ascetic known exclusively from Gregory of Tours' Liber in gloria confessorum. Papula's profile proves functional in understanding the construction of female identity and its portrayal in 6th-century Gaul. Moreover, it offers insights into the evolution of female models during late antiquity. To pursue her religious calling, Papula disguises herself as a man, leaves her family home, and retreats to a monastery within the diocese of Tours. She lives there as a monk until shortly before her death. This brief biography provides a perspective on cross-dressing, a practice that occupies a notable niche in the history of Early Christianity.

Il travestimento delle fanciulle tra topos e ribellione: il caso di Papula (Greg. Tur. Gloria confessorum, 16).

Barcellona R.
2024-01-01

Abstract

The article delves into the brief biography of Papula, a young ascetic known exclusively from Gregory of Tours' Liber in gloria confessorum. Papula's profile proves functional in understanding the construction of female identity and its portrayal in 6th-century Gaul. Moreover, it offers insights into the evolution of female models during late antiquity. To pursue her religious calling, Papula disguises herself as a man, leaves her family home, and retreats to a monastery within the diocese of Tours. She lives there as a monk until shortly before her death. This brief biography provides a perspective on cross-dressing, a practice that occupies a notable niche in the history of Early Christianity.
2024
9788893773171
Early Christianity, Asceticism, Cross-dressing, Transgression, Holiness.
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