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Perpetua's Passions: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis

Jan N. Bremmer and Marco Formisano


This book is a collection of studies about Perpetua, a young female Christian martyr who was executed in 203 AD. Like her spiritual guide, Saturus, Perpetua left a diary, and a few years after their deaths a fellow Christian collected these writings and supplied them with an introduction and epilogue: the so-called Passion of Perpetua. The result is one of the most fascinating and enigmatic works of antiquity, which this book examines from a wide range of perspectives: literary, narratological, historical, religious, psychological, and philosophical viewpoints follow upon a newly edited text a ... More

Keywords: Perpetua, Christian martyr, Saturus, diary, Passion of Perpetua

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199561889
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199561889.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan N. Bremmer, editor
Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, University of Groningen

Marco Formisano, editor
Research Fellow, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin

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Perpetua’s Passions

Jan N. Bremmer and Marco Formisano

The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity

translated by Joseph Farrell and Craig Williams

Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis1

Edited by Joseph Farrell and Craig Williams

Part I The Martyr and her Gender

I Felicitas

Jan N. Bremmer

IV Vibia Perpetua—An Indecent Woman

Hanne Sigismund-Nielsen

Part II Authority and Testimony

XI The Conquest of the Real by the Imaginary

Hartmut Böhme, translated by Jeanne Riou

Part III The Text, the Canon, and the Margins

XVIII Perpetua’s Prisons

Marco Formisano