The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas in Late Antiquity

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Univ of California Press, Mar 10, 2021 - 380 pages
This volume gathers all available evidence for the martyrdoms of Perpetua and Felicitas, two Christian women who became, in the centuries after their deaths in 203 CE, revered throughout the Roman world. Whereas they are now known primarily through a popular third-century account, numerous lesser known texts attest to the profound place they held in the lives of Christians in late antiquity. This book brings together narratives in their original languages with accompanying English translations, including many related entries from calendars, martyrologies, sacramentaries, and chronicles, as well as artistic representations and inscriptions. As a whole, the collection offers readers a robust view of the veneration of Perpetua and Felicitas over the course of six centuries, examining the diverse ways that a third-century Latin tradition was appreciated, appropriated, and transformed as it circulated throughout the late antique world.
 

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Contents

part one the accounts of the martyrdom
17
part two the interpretations of the martyrdom
95
Augustine
103
PseudoAugustine
177
Treatise on the Feast Day of Perpetua and Felicitas
205
Quodvultdeus
215
PseudoFulgentius
241
References to the Passion in Other Martyr Accounts
249
Fasti Vindobonenses priores and posteriores
287
Prosper
293
Calendar of Willibrord
299
The Gelasian Sacramentary
305
Bede
311
Martyrology of Tallaght
323
Félire of Oengus the Culdee
329
part four the representations of the martyrs
335

part three the celebrations of the martyrs
261
Syriac Martyrology
269
Liber genealogus
275
Martyrology of Jerome
281
Arcosolium of the Coemeterium Maius Rome Italy 23 Basilica Maiorum Tunis Tunisia and Victor of Vita
346
Index
359
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L. Stephanie Cobb is George and Sallie Cutchin Camp Professor of Bible at the University of Richmond. She is the author of Dying to Be Men: Gender and Language in Early Christian Martyr Texts and Divine Deliverance: Pain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr Narratives.

Andrew S. Jacobs is a historian of early Christianity based outside Boston, Massachusetts. His most recent book, Epiphanius of Cyprus: A Cultural Biography of Late Antiquity, won the Philip Schaff Prize from the American Society of Church History.

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