Peter Brown describes Late Antiquity as ‘a world characterized by a chilling absence of legal
restraints on violence in the exercise of power’. Among numerous studies investigating
structural and institutional violence in the ancient world, this article, however, investigates
one-on-one violence in private and public spaces in Chrysostom’s community. Chrysostom
advises his congregation, for example that should they hear: ’any one in the public thoroughfare,
or in the midst of the forum, blaspheming God, they should go up to him, rebuke him, and
should it be necessary to inflict blows, they should not spare not to do so (De stat 1.32)’. He also
considers instances of spousal violence. In one specific case the neighbours came running to
the house in response to the cries and wailing of a wife who was beaten by her husband (Hom.
1 Cor 26.7). Pauline Allen, Wendy Mayer and others have shown how Chrysostom’s writings
act as a window affording us a glimpse of social life in the fourth and the 5th century. Although
scholars know that Chrysostom would sometimes make very radical comments merely for
rhetorical effect, his writings nevertheless shed light upon the role of violence in his community.
Child abuse often coexists with intimate partner violence. However, limited studies incorporate both phenomena in a single study. Moreover, the examination of female-on-male violence is an important development. Hence, an ...
Nkosi, N.G.; Van der Wath, Anna Elizabeth(Unisa Press, 2012)
The World Health Organization (WHO, 2001:1) views domestic violence as the world's most prevalent form of human rights violation with devastating effects on both the physical and mental well-being of these victims, mostly ...
The calling of the church is to follow Christ (imitatio Christi). What does this calling
entail? Following Žižek’s and Derrida’s interpretation of Benjamin’s interpretation
of law and violence, the paper will argue that ...