Text, Authorship, Authenticity
This chapter discusses the text of Perpetua’s Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis: its authorship, date, authenticity, structure, genre, Latinity, manuscripts, and the later Acta, which are based on the earlier, longer version. A summary of the content of the twenty-one sections of the Passio is given, with attention to the three parts of the narrative. It also analyzes the language and meaning of Perpetua’s four visions or dreams and the words for “seeing” used throughout the text. Both the Latin and Greek manuscripts are discussed. The chapter includes a summary and analysis of the Acta, later and shorter versions of the Passio.
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