Perpetua's Passions

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Jan N. Bremmer, Marco Formisano
Oxford University Press, 2012 - Foreign Language Study - 383 pages
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Perpetua's Passions 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 the present volume examines from a wide range of perspectives: literary, narratological, historical, religious, psychological, and philosophical viewpoints follow upon a newly edited text and English translation (by Joseph Farrell and Craig Williams). This innovative treatment by a number of distinguished scholars not only complements its unique subject, but constitutes a kind of laboratory of new approaches to ancient texts.
  

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Contents

A Brief Introduction
1
The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity
14
Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis
24
The Martyr and her Gender
33
Authority and Testimony
167
The Text the Canon and the Margins
275
Notes to Contributors
367
Bibliography
370
Index of Names Subjects and Passages
377
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Jan N. Bremmer is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Groningen.

Marco Formisano is Research Fellow at Humboldt-Universitat, Berlin.

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