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Maribel Dietz
Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA 70803-0001)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2005 – 8/31/2005

The Cult of Stephen the Protomartyr in the Early Middle Ages

My project involves research into the origins, diffusion and character of the early medieval Cult of Stephen the Protomartyr. It was a cult complete with scriptural legitimacy, universal rather than local appeal, a clear body of texts associated with it, and led to building projects that included shrines, churches and monasteries throughout the Mediterranean world. By focusing on this single cult I hope to examine in depth the way in which a martyr cults spread and functioned. This cult is also of particular interest due to its connections with Jerusalem, the Bible, influential women, episcopal power, and Jewish-Christian relations.