Perpetua of Carthage: Portrait of a Third-century Martyr

Perpetua of Carthage: Portrait of a Third-century Martyr


By (author) William Farina

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  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 267 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 18mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Jefferson, NC
  • ISBN 10: 0786437138
  • ISBN 13: 9780786437139
  • Illustrations note: notes, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 1,394,751

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This book studies the life and times of Saint Perpetua, Saint Felicity and their companions, all martyred at Carthage in 203 A.D. Unlike most early Christian saints, whose lives are often shrouded in legend and myth, Perpetua left an authentic prison diary, later completed by an anonymous eyewitness to her execution, that is now considered a classic of Christian, Latin and feminist literature. Perpetua was also unusual in that she was wealthy, educated, married, and a young mother. The book includes the first English translations of French archaeological scholarship covering the discovery of the martyrs' tombs.

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