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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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Memories of the Martyrs

Memories of the Martyrs

Reflections from a Catholic Girlhood1

Chapter:
(p.348) XIX Memories of the Martyrs
Source:
Perpetua's Passions
Author(s):

Marina Warner

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199561889.003.0022

This chapter presents the book’s author’s reflections about her Catholic girlhood and her vicarious involvement with virgin martyrdom before turning to a reading of the Passio. It argues that Perpetua and Felicity, being mothers, must take their place in a separate section of the martyrology: among the married women. It also discusses the interplay between the Passion of Perpetua and Felicity and its imbricated sequence of dreams, history, and religious profession of faith, and other African-Roman literature of the Hellenistic era treating Egyptian esoterica.

Keywords:   Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis, virgin martyrs, martyrdom, Egyptian esoterica, Catholic girls

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