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Perpetua: Athlete of God

Barbara K. Gold


This book is an overview of the Christian martyr Perpetua’s life and the cultural, religious, political, literary, social, and physical contexts in which she lived. It does not attempt to be a full biography of Perpetua because we do not have enough information about her. It discusses the narrative work in Latin, the Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis, composed by her and by her editor while she was awaiting execution, and its authenticity. It also discusses the descriptions of martyrs as athletes and the gendering of martyrs in early Christian writers; the social milieu in which Perpet ... More

Keywords: Perpetua, martyrdom, Constantine, Septimius Severus, Augustine, Christians, pagans, Carthage, North Africa, Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780195385458
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195385458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara K. Gold, author
Professor of Classics, Hamilton College