Thursday, 5 February 2015

Hector Scerri: On Menstruation, Marital Intercourse and ‘Wet Dreams' in a Letter by Gregory the Great

 The paper seeks to delve into the contents of the replies given by Gregory the Great to Bishop Augustine of Canterbury, circa the year 600. The answers given by Gregory denote a certain dependence on Levitical laws and ritual purity. At the same time, Gregory - to whomars est artium regimen animarum - demonstrates a great deal of pragmatism in sexual matters. Through such an attitude, one observes that he is an expert of the weakness of human nature, and that he has sensible answers to give.

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