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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 Canonization of Perpetua

The Canonization of Perpetua

(p.300) XVI The Canonization of Perpetua
Perpetua's Passions

Joseph Farrell

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the status of the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis in light of not just the classical literary canon, but also of the several confessional canons to which the text and its author do or do not belong. It suggests that the peculiar status of the Passio within these canons is due to some of the same reasons that have kept it outside the classical canon, and that the recognition of this possibility may tend to blur the sharp line that divides this text from those that seem to fit more comfortably within the classical canon.

Keywords:   Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis, Christian texts, canons, classical literary canon

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