The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity by Thomas J. Heffernan

By Thomas J. Heffernan

Winner of the trendy Language organization Prize for a Scholarly Edition

One of the main commonly learn and studied texts composed in past due Antiquity is the felony diary of Vibia Perpetua, a tender lady of the elite sessions who was once martyred in March of the yr 202 or 203 C.E. in Carthage, as a part of a civic party honoring Caesar Geta. She was once well-married and had lately develop into the mum of a child son, yet regardless of her benefits, she refused to recant her religion whilst she used to be arrested with different contemporary converts to Christianity. Imprisoned along with her used to be her pregnant slave Felicity. Perpetua's steadfastness in her trust ended in her martyrdom within the amphitheater. an outline of the heroic deaths of either ladies, and the autobiography of 1 of the leaders of the Christian neighborhood, Saturus, is woven into Perpetua's diary via an nameless editor, who tells us that, as they died, Perpetua, Felicity, and the opposite condemned Christians bid farewell with a kiss of peace.

This detailed and necessary textual content survives in a single Greek and in 9 Latin manuscript models. Thomas Heffernan's new examine comprises a lot that hasn't ever been performed sooner than, together with a prosopography of all of the contributors pointed out within the Passion, a brand new English translation and the 1st particular historic statement in English at the whole narrative of the Passion. it is usually a newly edited model of the Latin textual content in accordance with all of the extant manuscripts and - rarer nonetheless - the Greek textual content. He concludes the booklet with a whole codicological description of all the identified manuscripts and thorough scholarly indices of the textual content itself. Perpetua's legal diary is a respected textual content of early Christianity, and Heffernan's new translation and remark brings extraordinary scholarly assets to the much-loved Passion.

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Note the funeral mosaics in the Bardo Museum. 25. Nathan, Family, 27, cites Dig. 2 unconvincingly. The Personae in the Passio • 25 had no legal grounds for proceeding. If her marriage was over at the time of the conversion to Christianity—and we do not know what her martial status was: separated, divorced, or widowed—it would have been an issue entirely between herself and her husband.

Heine, The Gospel of John and the Montanist Debate at Rome, E. A. , Studia Patristica, 95–100, vol. 21, Second Century: Tertullian to Nicaea in the West, Clement of Alexandria and Origen, Athanasius (Leuven: Peeters, 1989). 8. C. B. Daly, Tertullian the Puritan and His Influence (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1993), 110. 12 • T H E PA S S I O N O F P E R P ET UA A N D F E L I CI T Y immediately answers his own question. Thus he adopts a dialectic that employs dialogue to entice his audience into the conversation.

As a term it is less reflective of the modern family than is domus, but for the sake of this discussion I will use familia when discussing Perpetua’s kin. This community seems responsible even for negotiating Felicity’s child’s surrogate mother, since after the birth of her daughter her fellow Christians 15. Bradley, Slaves and Masters; and R. Syme, “Donatus and the Like,” Historia 27, no. 4 (1978): 588–603. 16. Bradley, Roman Family. 20 • T H E PA S S I O N O F P E R P ET UA A N D F E L I CI T Y provide a Christian home for her newborn.

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