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Perpetua's PassionsMultidisciplinary Approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis$
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Jan N. Bremmer and Marco Formisano

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199561889

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199561889.001.0001

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The Martyrdom of a Young African Woman

(p.34) (p.35) I Felicitas
Perpetua's Passions

Jan N. Bremmer

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Felicitas, a fellow martyr of Perpetua who has hardly received any interest from modern scholars. It asks: What kind of woman was she, what moved her and in what way did she face up to her martyrdom? Felicitas’ brief life shows how, within a small group of people with a strong conviction, a situation can arise where value is no longer attached to the lives of those people.

Keywords:   Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis, martyrs, martyrdom, Christians

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