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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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The Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis and Montanism?

The Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis and Montanism?

(p.276) (p.277) XIV The Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis and Montanism?
Perpetua's Passions

Christoph Markschies

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the question of whether the Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis displays Montanist influences. It considers both versions of the Acta Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis. Following a brief introduction on the history of the research, it provides an optimally precise characterization of so-called African Montanism in the early third century. It then returns to the question of Montanist influences, arguing that both Latin versions of the Acta contain nothing Montanist. Neither are they Catholic versions of the Passio; they are versions that faithfully copy the Roman court protocol, or even in parts preserving an independent second version of the kind which appears repeatedly in the transmission of the Acts of the Christian martyrs.

Keywords:   Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis, Montanist influence, Acta Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis

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