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The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity

Thomas J. Heffernan


One of the most widely read and studied texts composed in Late Antiquity is the prison diary of Vibia Perpetua, a young woman of the elite classes who was martyred in March of the year 202 or 203 C.E. in Carthage, as part of a civic celebration honoring Caesar Geta. She was well-married and had recently become the mother of a baby son, but despite her advantages, she refused to recant her faith when she was arrested with other recent converts to Christianity. Imprisoned with her was her pregnant slave Felicity. Perpetua's steadfastness in her belief led to her martyrdom in the amphitheater. A ... More

Keywords: Vibia Perpetua, Caesar Geta, Christianity, Felicity, martyrdom, Saturus, manuscripts, Passion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199777570
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199777570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas J. Heffernan, author
University of Tennessee