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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


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


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


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


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


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


Maternity and Sainthood in the Medieval Perpetua Legend

Julia Weitbrecht

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/9780199561889.003.0010
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter investigates the circumstance that the depictions of Perpetua transmitted in medieval legend diverge strikingly from the Passio. It concentrates on a few distinctions regarding ... More


The Editor’s Prime Objective: Haec in Aedificationem Ecclesiae Legere

Jan den Boeft

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/9780199561889.003.0011
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter presents a reading of the introductory chapter of the Passio, drawing upon van Beek’s editio maior of 1936. The editor addresses a congregation of ancient Christians with a traditional ... More


Exemplum and Sacrifice, Blood Testimony and Written Testimony: Lucretia and Perpetua as Transitional Figures in the Cultural History of Martyrdom

Sigrid Weigel

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/9780199561889.003.0012
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter presents a comparative reading of the Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis (AD 203) and the earlier account of the death of Lucretia appearing in the first book of Livy’s History of ... More


Visions, Prophecy, and Authority in the Passio Perpetuae

Katharina Waldner

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/9780199561889.003.0013
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter explores the visual language of the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis, in particular Perpetua’s visions in which she describes her coming martyrdom in various and mysterious images. It ... 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


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