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On 7 March 203 AD, five young Christians, including Perpetua and Felicitas, died in the amphitheatre of Carthage. The most important Latin account of martyrdom, the passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis, which was written a short time later, tells of their imprisonment and execution. Its heart is the journal P. kept in prison. It tells in simple, spirited language of the personal side of her passion, for example her concern for her child and the pain of her heathen father, for whom she feels pity. Her fear…

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Habermehl, Peter (Berlin), “Perpetua”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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