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Perpetua's PassionsMultidisciplinary Approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis$
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Jan N. Bremmer and Marco Formisano

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199561889

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199561889.001.0001

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Socrates’ Passion

Socrates’ Passion

(p.244) XII Socrates’ Passion
Perpetua's Passions

Giulia Sissa

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of Cato’s reading of Phaedo before his suicide and the death of Socrates. It then turns to Tertullian, the author of Apology, and his treatment of Socrates’ death, which begins with a tableau that re-enacts the scene of the Phaedo. The chapter goes on to explain how this treatment bears on the discussion on Perpetua and provides a re-reading of the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis with Socrates in mind.

Keywords:   Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis, Socrates, Cato, stoics, Tertullian, death

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