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Homo Interior: The Inner Self

Catherine Conybeare

in Paulinus Noster

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240722
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600494 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240728.003.0007

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Homo Interior: The Inner Self

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The underlying notions of the self in these letters form the link between all the other chapters. We now investigate the vocabulary of selfhood, especially the development of the term persona. In fourth‐century ideas of the self, soul is superior to body, but, far from being dismissed, the bodily part of the self is taken very seriously – as is commensurate with an incarnational theology. We return to the role of the letter carriers: they, as well as friends, are described as ‘another self’. This leads to a climactic notion of the self as fully relational: a reading of Paulinus’ letter exchange with his former tutor Ausonius demonstrates how the ‘relational self’ is played out.

Keywords: Ausonius; Body; community; Inner; letter carrier; Persona; relational; Self

Chapter.  13894 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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