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Passion of Perpetua and Felicity
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The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity (Martyrium vel Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis; trans. Heffernan, 2012) is one of the earliest and most significant of the Acta Martyrum (Acts of the Martyrs) genre. It is unique in all the Acts of the Martyrs because it contains four distinct voices – two of which claim to be autobiographical, and one of these is that of the upper-class educated woman Vibia Perpetua, w…

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Heffernan, Thomas J., “Passion of Perpetua and 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 24 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00002672>
First published online: 2020



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