sábado, 25 de febrero de 2017

La violencia conyugal en Bizancio


Charis Messis – Anthony Kaldellis,

This article offers the first exploration of the role of conjugal violence in
Byzantium, considering its use (and sometimes approval) as a mechanism
for enforcing normative social roles as well as its representation in
literary texts that seek to recuperate a damaged social order or subvert an
illegitimate one. We focus on the norms encoded in Byzantine law and then
offer a preliminary but wide-ranging survey of episodes from hagiography
and historiography which illustrate how the Byzantines thought about
this issue. 
The paper includes both physical and psychological forms of violence, and does not neglect the rarer cases of victimization of the man by his spouses. The Byzantine conception of such violence was malecentric and women were subject to it as “naturally” inferior beings, but there were times when they could inflict it too.