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AGAPETAE, a name given to female Christian ascetics who dwelt with men under a vow of continency. This practice essen tially belongs to the history of Christian asceticism. Its begin nings can be traced in the earliest Christian times, but it was pre served in monasticism down to the early middle ages.


Hastings, Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics, "Agapetae"; see also ASCETICISM.