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

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Jan N. Bremmer, Marco Formisano
OUP Oxford, Feb 9, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 400 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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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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