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Felicity (Felicitas; c. 181–203 CE) was a young martyr of the early North African church. She died in Carthage on Mar 7, 203 CE, along with a group of other young Christians, the most famous of whom was Perpetua. Felicity’s memory was recorded in the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis, one of the earliest Christian texts written in Latin (see Amat, 1996; Heffernan, 2012).

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The name Felicitas was fairly common in Roman Africa, both for freeborn women and for slaves (see Bremmer, 2012, 36). In lat…

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Hunink, Vincent, “Felicity”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 02 October 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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