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Montanism: Perpetua

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society: From Galilee to Gregory the Great

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199246953
eISBN:
9780191600463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246955.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Church History

The ‘New Prophecy’ or Montanism began as a movement of ecstatic prophecy in Phrygia in the late second century. Critics claimed it had pagan as well as Christian origins, but in reality it was ... More


Perpetua's Prayer for Dinocrates

Jeffrey A. Trumbower

in Rescue for the Dead: The Posthumous Salvation of Non-Christians in Early Christianity

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195140996
eISBN:
9780199834747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195140990.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Examines posthumous salvation in a text called The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas. The text purports to contain diaries of the North African martyrs, Perpetua and Saturus, while in prison before ... More


Augustine's Rejection of Posthumous Salvation for Non‐Christians

Jeffrey A. Trumbower

in Rescue for the Dead: The Posthumous Salvation of Non-Christians in Early Christianity

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195140996
eISBN:
9780199834747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195140990.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The seventh chapter documents how and why Augustine of Hippo came to reject all the forms of posthumous salvation outlined in the earlier chapters of this study. His influence over theology in the ... More


Perpetua: Athlete of God

Barbara K. Gold

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780195385458
eISBN:
9780190905316
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195385458.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

This book is an overview of the Christian martyr Perpetua’s life and the cultural, religious, political, literary, social, and physical contexts in which she lived. It does not attempt to be a full ... More


Maternal Martyrdom: Alien3 and the Power of the Female Martyr

Laura Copier

in Powers: Religion as a Social and Spiritual Force

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823231560
eISBN:
9780823235537
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823231560.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter offers an interpretation of Lieutenant Ripley, the female character in the Hollywood movie Alien3, who turned into a martyr by jumping into a cauldron of ... More


Perpetua's Passions: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis

Jan N. Bremmer and Marco Formisano (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199561889
eISBN:
9780191804397
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199561889.001.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This book is a collection of studies about Perpetua, a young female Christian martyr who was executed in 203 AD. Like her spiritual guide, Saturus, Perpetua left a diary, and a few years after their ... More


Prophetic Vision

Kelly Bulkeley

in Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199351534
eISBN:
9780199351565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351534.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines the cross-cultural religious phenomenon of prophetic visions in dreams. The widespread occurrence of these kinds of visually intense, future-oriented dreams has prompted both ... More


What Remains?: Situating the Postmortal

Ellen Muehlberger

in Moment of Reckoning: Imagined Death and Its Consequences in Late Ancient Christianity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190459161
eISBN:
9780190459185
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190459161.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Church History

Chapter 4 considers the wealth of images of death as a fund of Christian thinking about the nature of humanity and argues that by putting more effort toward imagining death, Christians invented a new ... More


Memories of the Martyrs

L. Stephanie Cobb

in Melania: Early Christianity Through the Life of One Family

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520292086
eISBN:
9780520965638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520292086.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Historians of Late Ancient Christianity have often noted the appropriation of the language of martyrdom within ascetic texts. When martyrdom was no longer attainable, many authors fashioned ... More


Writing in Ruins

Michael Jackson

in The Other Shore: Essays on Writers and Writing

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780520275249
eISBN:
9780520954823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520275249.003.0026
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

As she describes her habit of writing each night “in almost automatic fashion” before destroying the work the nextmorning, Yourcenar suggests an analogy with how, in each generation, we build our ... More


Whose Pain?: Pain as a Locus of Meaning in Christian Martyr Texts

L. Stephanie Cobb

in Divine Deliverance: Pain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr Texts

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293359
eISBN:
9780520966642
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293359.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Chapter Four examines stories in which pain does function as a marker of meaning. In some texts, martyrs experience bodily pain apart from persecution; severing worldly ties, for instance, may be ... More


The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity

Thomas J. Heffernan

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199777570
eISBN:
9780190258290
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199777570.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

One of the most widely read and studied texts composed in Late Antiquity is the prison diary of Vibia Perpetua, a young woman of the elite classes who was martyred in March of the year 202 or 203 ... More


The Language of Suffering and Death

Aideen M. Hartney

in Gruesome Deaths and Celibate Lives: Christian Martyrs and Ascetics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675426
eISBN:
9781781380567
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675426.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter focuses on martyr texts, which contained graphic details of tortures and executions aimed at either shaming or encouraging Christians to better behaviour in their own lives. Martyr texts ... More


Salvation and Childbearing: Does Motherhood Matter?

Alicia D. Myers

in Blessed Among Women?: Mothers and Motherhood in the New Testament

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190677084
eISBN:
9780190677114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190677084.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Augustus’s prioritization of family life to promote his own masculinity resulted in a simultaneous emphasis on motherhood in the Roman world. Not only did motherhood advertise a man’s masculine ... More


The Personae in the Passio

Thomas J. Heffernan

in The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199777570
eISBN:
9780190258290
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199777570.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter focuses on the individuals named in the Passion. The Passio provides historical clues concerning twenty-seven individuals. From this limited information, an attempt is made to ... More


Perpetual Contest

Mieke Bal

in Perpetua's Passions: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199561889
eISBN:
9780191804397
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199561889.003.0009
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter presents a reading of the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis. It contends that it is in its literariness, its narrative structure, its fantasy character, and its metaphorical insistence on ... More


The Conquest of the Real by the Imaginary: On the Passio Perpetuae

Hartmut Böhme

in Perpetua's Passions: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199561889
eISBN:
9780191804397
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199561889.003.0014
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter presents a reading of Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis, treating the text as a literary testimony and placing strong emphasis on one dimension only: every literary text can be seen as an ... More


The Power of Uncertainty: Interpreting the Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas

Philippe Mesnard

in Perpetua's Passions: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199561889
eISBN:
9780191804397
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199561889.003.0020
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter first discusses the way in which The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas falls within research conducted previously, the corpus of which is composed of literary texts dealing with Nazi ... More


Introduction

Barbara K. Gold

in Perpetua: Athlete of God

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780195385458
eISBN:
9780190905316
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195385458.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter discusses the key issues surrounding Perpetua’s life and her narrative, the Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis. It introduces the most perplexing circumstances around her life and ... More


Perpetua’s Passio: Text, Authorship, Authenticity

Barbara K. Gold

in Perpetua: Athlete of God

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780195385458
eISBN:
9780190905316
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195385458.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

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 ... More


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