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Don't have an account? This chapter first examines how Perpetua perceived herself and how she was perceived in relation to her family — in particular in relation to her father. She does this by breaking her bond of pietas towards her worldly family and by going from being a mother, daughter, and wife to becoming a delicata of God.
- Acts of Perpetua and Felicitas
- Acts of Perpetua and Felicitas
- The Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas
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The record of the Perpetua, St. Vibia Perpetua was a married noblewoman, said to have been 22 years old at the time of her death, and mother of an infant she was elbicomgk. They were put to death along with others at Carthage in the Roman province Canonized: Pre-congregation. Perpetua was a Christian noblewoman who, at the turn of the third century, lived with her husband, her son, and her slave, Felicitas, in Carthage in modern Tunis. This booklet describes the events surrounding the martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas and several other people during early persecutions of Christians by the Romans.
Acts of Perpetua and Felicitas
The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity Latin : Passio sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis is a diary by Vibia Perpetua describing her imprisonment as a Christian in , completed after her death by a redactor. Along with the experiences of Perpetua and Felicity , the text also appears to contain, in his own words, the accounts of the visions of Saturus, another Christian martyred with Perpetua.
An editor who states he was an eyewitness has added accounts of the martyrs' suffering and deaths. It survives in both Latin and Greek forms. The traditional view has been that Perpetua, Felicity and the others were martyred owing to a decree of Roman emperor Septimius Severus — This is based on a reference to a decree Severus is said to have issued forbidding conversions to Judaism and Christianity, but this decree is known only from one source, the Augustan History , an unreliable mix of fact and fiction.
The details of the martyrdoms survive in both Latin and Greek texts see below. Perpetua's account of events leading to their deaths, apparently historical, is written in the first person.
A brief introduction by the editor chapters i—ii is followed by the narrative and visions of Perpetua iii—ix , and the vision of Saturus xi—xiii. The account of their deaths, written by the editor who claims to be an eyewitness, is included at the end xiv—xxi.
Perpetua's account opens with conflict between her and her father, who wishes her to recant her belief. After the guards are bribed, she is allowed to move to a better portion of the prison, where she nurses her child and gives its charge to her mother and brother iii , and the child is able to stay in prison with her for the time being iii.
At the encouragement of her brother, Perpetua asks for and receives a vision, in which she climbs a dangerous ladder to which various weapons are attached iv. At the foot of a ladder is a serpent, which is faced first by Saturus and later by Perpetua iv. The serpent does not harm her, and she ascends to a garden iv. At the conclusion of her dream, Perpetua realizes that the martyrs will suffer iv.
Perpetua's father visits her in prison and pleads with her, but Perpetua remains steadfast in her faith v. She is brought to a hearing before the governor Hilarianus and the martyrs confess their Christian faith vi. In a second vision, Perpetua sees her brother Dinocrates, who had died unbaptized from cancer at the early age of seven vii. She prayed for him and later had a vision of him happy and healthy, his facial disfigurement reduced to a scar viii. Perpetua's father again visits the prison, and Pudens the warden shows the martyrs' honor ix.
The day before her martyrdom, Perpetua envisions herself defeating a savage Egyptian and interprets this to mean that she would have to do battle not merely with wild beasts but with the Devil himself x. Saturus, who is also said to have recorded his own vision, sees himself and Perpetua transported eastward by four angels to a beautiful garden, where they meet Jocundus, Saturninus, Artaxius, and Quintus, four other Christians who are burnt alive during the same persecution xi—xii.
He also sees Bishop Optatus of Carthage and the priest Aspasius, who beseech the martyrs to reconcile the conflicts between them xiii. As the editor resumes the story, Secundulus is said to have died in prison xiv. The slave Felicitas gives birth to a daughter despite her initial concern that she would not be permitted to suffer martyrdom with the others, since the law forbade the execution of pregnant women xv. On the day of the games, the martyrs are led into the amphitheatre xviii.
At the demand of the crowd they were first scourged before a line of gladiators; then a boar, a bear, and a leopard were set on the men, and a wild cow on the women xix.
Wounded by the wild animals, they gave each other the kiss of peace and were then put to the sword xix. The text describes Perpetua's death as follows; "But Perpetua, that she might have some taste of pain, was pierced between the bones and shrieked out; and when the swordsman's hand wandered still for he was a novice , herself set it upon her own neck. Perchance so great a woman could not else have been slain being feared of the unclean spirit had she not herself so willed it" xix.
The text ends as the editor extols the acts of the martyrs. It should still be acknowledged that the style could have been crafted to give the impression of a female martyr's diary. Although some have suggested that the editor of the text is Tertullian , the editor's identity remains uncertain.
Many scholars have examined the male modification and transmission of a female martyrdom story that challenged power dynamics and gender hierarchies within the organized church.
Brent Shaw argues that the editor of the story rewrites Perpetua's experience in such a way that affirms the technical value of her martyrdom while simultaneously presenting her actions as unnatural. Others argue that Felicity may have been the initial source for the dream, an attribution changed by the editor in order to circumvent the problematic implications of a female slave who can receive visions.
The date of their martyrdom is traditionally given as AD. The association of the martyrdom with a birthday festival of the Emperor Geta , however, might seem to place it after , when Geta was made "Augustus" having held the junior title Caesar since when his elder brother had been made "Augustus" , though before , when he was assassinated.
The Acta notes that the martyrdom occurred in the year when Minucius Timinianus was proconsul in the Roman province of Africa , but Timinianus is not otherwise attested in history.
In the Passion, Christian faith motivates the martyrs to reject family loyalties and acknowledge a higher authority. In becoming a martyr, Perpetua failed to conform to society's expectations. Although the narrator does describe Perpetua as "honorably married", no husband appears in the text.
Perpetua belonged to an aristocratic family with Roman citizenship, as indicated by her name Vibia Perpetua. The movement was founded by Montanus ; a recent convert to Christianity, said by early church father Saint Jerome to have been previously a priest of Cybele,  who had shared his ideas with followers. The group emphasized a belief in the continuing presence of the Holy Spirit visible in the prophetic words of Christians. Perpetua and Saturus had received new dreams and prophesies within the text in accordance with the beliefs and tenets of Montanism.
Opponents of the new prophecy accused its members of having avoided martyrdom, which makes the identification of the Passion text as Montanist less likely. The editor's additions may be an attempt to validate Montanist beliefs, praising prophecy and visionary gifts from the spirit. The editor also asserts the importance of acknowledging and honoring both "new prophecies" and "new visions" i.
In his second edition , he retracted this opinion, concluding that "[t]he attempt to show that the martyrs, as well as the 'Passion,' are Montanist must be pronounced unconvincing.
The account of Saint Perpetua comforting her dead brother has been a point of controversy. The text may imply that the pagan child had not been baptized. Augustine addresses his treatise On the soul and its origin to a certain monk Renatus who used this account to bolster his claim that unbaptized infants could attain paradise, if not the kingdom of heaven.
Augustine in turn proposed an explanation for how Dinocrates could have been baptized but later estranged from Christ by his pagan father. A new translation by Walter H. Three historical fiction novels have been written from the point of view of Perpetua. National Geographic documentary entitled Jesus Rise to Power featured the story of Perpetua in its 2nd episode Martyrs which was aired in The Perpetua Story is an animated short film 37 minutes in the Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith series paired with a minute documentary hosted by a pair of Biblical scholars examining the account of the martyrdom of Perpetua and her fellow Christians.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Further information: Montanism. The passion of Perpetua and Felicity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. William Granger Ryan ed.
The golden legend: readings on the saints. Volume II. Princeton UP. Retrieved 23 October Retrieved 16 November Matthews, JTS , N. According to Barnes, they are.
But the grounds do not seem adequate. Two features are isolated as 'suspect': the eagerness of Perpetua and her companions for martyrdom, and the spiritual ascendancy, implicit in two passages of the 'Passio,' of confessors over the established clergy. Yet elsewhere, zeal for martyrdom is explained as a central feature of African Christianity from its known beginnings. Montanism in itself, according to Barnes, helped Tertullian resolve an ambiguity in his own attitude to martyrdom — but can it be argued to have acquired the monopoly?
As for the ascendancy of martyrs over the clergy, this was an issue of spiritual authority by no means confined to Montanists. According to Barnes, Tertullian derided the Catholics in later works for attributing authority to their martyrs and confessors. National Geographic Channel. Categories : 3rd-century Christian texts. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history.
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Acts of Perpetua and Felicitas
The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas gives an account of the martyrdom of three catechumens Saturus, Saturninus and Revocatus, and two young women, Vibia Perpetua, 22 years of age, 'well born, liberally educated, honorably married, having father and mother and two brothers, one like herself a catechumen, and an infant son at the breast', and her slave Felicitas, who was pregant at the time of her arrest and gave birth to a girl shortly before her death in the arena. They suffered martyrdom on March 7, , at Carthage. The account is one of the most beautiful pieces of ancient Christian literature. It is unique as far as its authorship is concerned. The largest part of the account ch.
OF PERPETUA AND FELICITAS. the holy martyrs and, through them, with the Lord Chri,rt Jesus,3 to whom belong splendour and honour for all ages. Amen.
The Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas
The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas has often been read as a factual account of early Christian martyrs. Without denying its historicity, I nonetheless reconsider this important narrative in light of its own emphases on rhetorical sophistication and contemporary Christian education. Reviewing the literary work as a whole, rather than preferring "authentic" sections attributed to Perpetua, I find an inherent sense of logic guided by oratorical notions. Sequential, progressive, beautifully argued, the Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas is not only about rhetorical contests but is itself a subtle and intriguing rhetorical work that rewards attentive reading.
Mother, Gladiator, Saint
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