Burrus, Virginia Books

Chastity as Autonomy Women in the Stories of Apocryphal Acts
1987 0-88946-526-6
Concluding that the apocryphal Acts originated among women as folk-tales, Burrus hypothesizes that their origins were literary: that they are legends which present a fantasized alternative reality and give a clue to the actual historical situations of women in the Greco-Roman world of the second to third centuries.