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Felicity (Felicitas; c. 181–203 CE) was a young martyr (Martyrs) 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 (Passion of Perpetua and Felicity), 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 wome…

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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 21 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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