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The passion of Perpetua and Felicity

Author: Thomas J Heffernan
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
One of the most widely read and studied texts composed in Late Antiquity is the prison diary of Vibia Perpetua, a young woman of the elite classes who was martyred in March of the year 202 or 203 C.E. in Carthage, as part of a civic celebration honoring Caesar Geta. She was well-married and had recently become the mother of a baby son, but despite her advantages, she refused to recant her faith when she was arrested  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ressources Internet
Additional Physical Format: Version imprimée :
Heffernan, Thomas J., 1944-
Passion of Perpetua and Felicity.
New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011030628
(OCoLC)743214168
Named Person: Perpetua, Saint; Felicity, Saint; Felicity, Saint; Perpetua, Saint
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas J Heffernan
ISBN: 9780199777624 0199777624 1280595884 9781280595882
OCLC Number: 1004064574
Description: 1 ressource en ligne
Contents: The personae in the Passio --
The date of the Passio --
The language of composition --
The Latin text --
The English translation --
The commentary --
Appendix I. Manuscripts and editions --
Appendix II. The Greek text --
Select bibliography --
Index verborum --
Index nominum --
Index biblicus et patristicus.
Other Titles: Passio SS. Perpetuae et Felicitatis.
Responsibility: Thomas J. Heffernan.

Abstract:

One of the most widely read and studied texts composed in Late Antiquity is the prison diary of Vibia Perpetua, a young woman of the elite classes who was martyred in March of the year 202 or 203 C.E. in Carthage, as part of a civic celebration honoring Caesar Geta. She was well-married and had recently become the mother of a baby son, but despite her advantages, she refused to recant her faith when she was arrested with other recent converts to Christianity. Imprisoned with her was her pregnant slave Felicity. Perpetua's steadfastness in her belief led to her martyrdom in the amphitheater. A description of the heroic deaths of both women, and the autobiography of one of the leaders of the Christian community, Saturus, is woven into Perpetua's diary by an anonymous editor, who tells us that, as they died, Perpetua, Felicity, and the other condemned Christians bid farewell with a kiss of peace. This unique and precious text survives in one Greek and in nine Latin manuscript versions. Thomas Heffernan's new study contains much that has never been done before, including a prosopography of all the individuals mentioned in the Passion, a new English translation and the first detailed historical commentary in English on the entire narrative of the Passion. It also includes a newly edited version of the Latin text based on all the extant manuscripts and - rarer still - the Greek text. He concludes the book with a complete codicological description of all of the known manuscripts and thorough scholarly indices of the text itself. Perpetua's prison diary is a revered text of early Christianity, and Heffernan's new translation and commentary brings unprecedented scholarly resources to the much-loved Passion.

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