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Virginity, sexuality, and temptation

Juliana Dresvina

in A Maid with a Dragon: The Cult of St Margaret of Antioch in Medieval England

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780197265963
eISBN:
9780191772061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265963.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

Chapter 9 attempts to redirect the focus of attention from virginity as a sexually appealing category and from the saint’s corporeality as an inevitable reason for the saint’s sexual temptation. It ... More


Virgin Passions: Romance, Raptus, Ritual

JOCELYN WOGAN-BROWNE

in Saints' Lives and Women's Literary Culture, 1150-1300: Virginity and its Authorizations

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198112792
eISBN:
9780191707599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112792.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter further places the romance of virgin martyr hagiography by looking not only at the virgin's nuptial and dotal relation with Christ, but at her argument with the pagan tyrant. This ... 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


Consecrating Peace: Reflecting on Daniel Berrigan and Witness

William Desmond

in Faith, Resistance, and the Future: Daniel Berrigan's Challenge to Catholic Social Thought

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823239825
eISBN:
9780823239863
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823239825.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses the relationship between contemplation and action in Berrigan’s work. In the work of peace-making, there is and must be a contemplative openness to the sacred, a porosity to ... More


The legend is born: early Greek, Latin, and insular versions

Juliana Dresvina

in A Maid with a Dragon: The Cult of St Margaret of Antioch in Medieval England

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780197265963
eISBN:
9780191772061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265963.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

Chapter 1 is dedicated to the early distribution of the relics of St Margaret/Marina, the early versions of her passio (Greek, Latin, and Old English), and their interrelations. It also discusses the ... More


A prose life of St Margaret in Bodleian MS Eng. th. e. 18

Juliana Dresvina

in A Maid with a Dragon: The Cult of St Margaret of Antioch in Medieval England

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780197265963
eISBN:
9780191772061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265963.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

Chapter 7 considers a late fifteenth-century prose life of St Margaret found in MS Eng. th. e. 18, Oxford. It is unusual because its source, the Rebdorf passio, had almost no circulation in England. ... 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


And I Became Male: Gender and the Athlete

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/9780195385458.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter discusses the metaphor of the martyr as athlete found both in the Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis and in many early Christian writers such as Tertullian. It focuses on key ... More


A Matter of Genre and Influence: The Passio and Greco-Roman Pagan and Christian Narratives

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/9780195385458.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter discusses the generic properties of Perpetua’s narrative and the relationship of the martyr narratives to the contemporary Greek novel, the ancient secular novel, the Gospels, and the ... More


Perpetua’s Life: Family (Natal and Christian), Education, and Social Status

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/9780195385458.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines what facts we know about Perpetua’s life, context, and background: her companions in martyrdom (Felicitas; Revocatus; Saturus; Saturninus; Secundulus); her age, social status, ... More


The Nachleben of Perpetua: Her Unwitting Legacy

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/9780195385458.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter explores the legacy of Perpetua and her text in later versions of the Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis and in later authors, and the ways in which Perpetua was transformed ... 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


The Date of 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/9780199777570.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter analyzes the probable composition date of the Passionarrative. Based on a systematic review of the evidence, it shows that March 203 is the likeliest date of the actual games in which ... More


The Language of Composition

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/9780199777570.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The issue of whether Latin or Greek was the original language of composition of the Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis has been debated since 1890. This chapter argues that Latin was the ... More


Perpetua’s Passions: A Brief Introduction

Jan N. Bremmer and Marco Formisano

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/9780199561889.003.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis is one of the most interesting documents of Roman imperial times. No other single text can convey as vivid an impression of the impact of an imperial persecution upon ... More


Felicitas: The Martyrdom of a Young African Woman

Jan N. Bremmer

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/9780199561889.003.0004
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter focuses on Felicitas, a fellow martyr of Perpetua who has hardly received any interest from modern scholars. It asks: What kind of woman was she, what moved her and in what way did she ... More


Perpetua’s Gender. A Latinist Reads the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis

Craig Williams

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/9780199561889.003.0005
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

One of the most memorable moments in the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis comes in Perpetua’s narration of her fourth and last dream-vision: in the course of preparations for her fight with the ... More


Vibia Perpetua—An Indecent Woman

Hanne Sigismund-Nielsen

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/9780199561889.003.0007
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

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. It then considers whether her break with her ... More


The Passio Perpetuae and Jewish Martyrdom: The Motif of Motherly Love

Jan Willem van Henten

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/9780199561889.003.0008
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines the interaction of Jewish and early Christian martyrologies, which includes a survey of all possible quotations of and allusions to the Maccabean martyrdoms in early Christian ... More


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