Perpetua's Passion by Joyce E. Salisbury
The Death and Memory of a Young Roman Woman

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Perpetua's Passion studies the third-century martyrdom of a young woman and places it in the intellectual and social context of her age. Conflicting ideas of religion, family and gender are explored as Salisbury follows Perpetua from her youth in a wealthy Roman household to her imprisonment and death in the arena.
 

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Joyce E. Salisbury holds the Frankenthal Professorship of Medieval History and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. She is widely published in the fields of religion and medieval studies, and her most recent books include The Beast Within: Animals and Bestiality in the Middle Ages (Routledge, 1994) and Church Fathers, Independent Virgins (1992).
 
Published June 17, 2013 by Routledge. 231 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Also, the patriarchy of traditional Roman society, which restricted women to the roles of wife and mother, stood in stark contrast with the egalitarian promise of Christianity, which taught that all persons were equal before God and often gave women a leading role.

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Vibia Perpetua is remembered to this day as a saint and martyr of the early Christian church, who was condemned to the beasts in the amphitheater at Carthage in North Africa in 203 A.D. Drawing la

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Vibia Perpetua is remembered to this day as a saint and martyr of the early Christian church, who was ""condemned to the beasts"" in the amphitheater at Carthage in North Africa in 203 A.D.

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The book is structured in "ever-narrowing" concentric circles of context: "Rome," "Carthage," and "The Christian Community" make up the three chapters which form the first half of the book.

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