Perpetua's Passions

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Jan N. Bremmer, Marco Formisano
OUP Oxford, Feb 9, 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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A Brief Introduction
The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity
Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis
The Martyr and her Gender
Authority and Testimony
The Text the Canon and the Margins
Notes to Contributors
Index of Names Subjects and Passages

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About the author (2012)

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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