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Perpetua : athlete of god

Author: Barbara K Gold
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
Series: Women in antiquity.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Perpetua was an early Christian martyr who died in Roman Carthage in 203 CE, along with several fellow martyrs, including one other woman, Felicitas. She has attracted great interest for two main reasons: she was one of the earliest martyrs, especially female martyrs, about whom we have any knowledge, and she left a narrative written in prison just before she went to her death in the amphitheater. Her narrative is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Perpetua, Saint; Perpetua, Saint; Perpetua, Sancta
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara K Gold
ISBN: 9780195385458 0195385454
OCLC Number: 1042077335
Description: viii, 261 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Perpetua's Passio: text, authorship, authenticity --
And I became male: gender and the athlete --
A matter of genre and influence: the Passio and Greco-Roman pagan and Christian narratives --
Carthage: pagan culture, religion, and society in the High Roman Empire --
Carthage: the early Christian community --
Perpetua's life: family (natal and Christian), education, and social status --
The conditions of martyrdom in the High Roman Empire --
The Nachleben of Perpetua: her unwitting legacy.
Series Title: Women in antiquity.
Responsibility: Barbara K. Gold.

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Perpetua was an early Christian martyr who died in Roman Carthage in 203 CE. She has attracted great interest for her narrative written in prison just before she went to her death in the  Read more...

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