Ather was claiming her with a possessive love 1 p 4 5 He then provides a brief un down of Perpetua s easoning for being called a Christian meaning that she follows the authority of her new name and if her father cannot accept his daughter Perpetua he will gain a perpetual daughter Joyce Salisbury also writes about Perpetua s life and journey to martyrdom in the book Perpetua s Passion The Death and Memory of a Young Roman Woman In chapter four of this book Salisbury writes about Perpetua s journey in prison In addition to what has been previously stated about Perpetua Salisbury eiterates the struggle
that perpetua had with her worry over her Perpetua had with her worry over her son as well as the pain in losing the elationship with her father However this book provides a clearer picture of what happened during her imprisonment when it says that she euested and eceived permission to have the baby stay with her in prison 2 p 87 Further Perpetua not only cared for her son in prison by having him stay with her but according to this text she possibly imagined herself dying with her son2 p 89 Salisbury continues to explain the trial that Perpetua and her fellow Christians are faced with In this trial Hilarianus poses many uestions about her duty to her father her duty to her son and to her people He tries to get Perpetua to perform the sacrifice to the emperor out of pity for her son2 p 90 When she efuses even after being faced with the guilt and scorn about her choices egarding her family Hilarianus poses the deadly uestion Are you a Christian to which she promptly and boldly eplies Yes I am a Christian 2 p 90 Due to this Hilarianus sentences the group of Christians to be sent to the arena which Salisbury theorizes that it is because Hilarianus had a contest in the arena in mind when he arrested the group 2 p 91 As I was eading I was overcome with a sense of pure awe in Perpetua s strength I found the writing of both books to be interesting and I enjoyed how the authors not only analyzed her writings but also dove into Perpetua s life and background in order to gain a better understanding of the woman who wrote this I felt compelled to ead about Perpetua and I found myself fighting with the urge to shake her yet hug her at the same time To think that this young woman only two years older than I am ight now had the strength to let go of everything that she had ever known in order to sacrifice her own life for her beliefs causes me to wonder what I would do in that situation If I was a new mother with a nursing infant I would like to think that with a nursing infant I would like to think that would do everything in my power to ensure my child s safety and wellbeing To think about the pain that this poor young mother underwent to stand up for her faith fills me with so much conviction The strength and faith that she must have possessed is astounding As a young woman who feels so drawn to care for young children the thought of losing even one of these children who are not even my own fills me with pain To think that this young mother had to watch as her baby was growing weaker due to malnutrition because she was Had to ead this for a class in college It was very. L and social context of her age Conflicting ideas of eligion family and gender are explored as Salisbur. This is an excellent book that ecounts Perpetua s martyrdom The first couple of chapters are laborious to say the least However once you hit the primary source material you begin to shape an understanding of life in Rome during the Christian persecutions The best section of this book for me was the final chapter The insight into how her story was changed based on gender is a must ead for women and final chapter The insight into how her story was changed based on gender is a must ead for women and Christians It allows for an insight into how the formation of the Church began and it s ole in the persecution of women A useful synthesis for the general eader with some caveats That is to say Salisbury s text needs to be ead with a bit of caution She does a solid job of summarizing what historical and contextual data there is for the Carthaginian Christian community Where the narrative goes astray at times is in its too urgent insistence that a general trend within Carthaginian history or society must always be picked up in the narrative of the martyrdom of Perpetua In other words Salisbury often esorts to history in the subjunctive mood Perpetua must have thought or must have known or was I love the story of the 3rd Century martyr Perpetua This book explains the story and diary of Perpetua according to the world she was brought up in Fascinating ead and great insight about Rome Carthage and Christianity in the 3rd Century Chapter one of Women Writers of the Middle Ages A Critical Study of Texts from Perpetua 203 to Marguerite Porete 1310 starts off by introducing Vibia Perpetua a woman of good fortune family and marriage living in Carthage in AD 203 She was oughly around twenty two when she was arrested for efusing to perform a compulsory Roman sacrifice in honor of the emperor At the time of her arrest Perpetua was a new mother who was breastfeeding her young infant She was put to death on March 7 for efusing to enounce her Christian faith
And Was Soon Recognized As An Early was soon ecognized as an early martyr of the Christian faith With her was her young maidservant Felicity who was pregnant at the time Felicity went to prison with Perpetua and also efused to enounce her own Christian faith Promptly after giving birth to her own young child the two were ushered into the arena where they were brutally tortured and put to death Perpetua after being beaten trampled by bulls and tortured ended up taking her own life with a Roman soldier s sword by forcing him to drive it into her own throat Chapter one continues to show examples of Perpetua s writings which were ecorded in her journal during her time in incarceration In one of these writings she wrote I breast fed my child who was already weak with hunger Anxiously I spoke to my mother about him I consoled my brother I gave them charge of my son p 21 She continues to write about her experience with God while she is held prisoner speaking about the visions that she eceives from God then continues to praise God even in the midst of her struggles with her concern for her child and the est of her family Dronke continues to eflect on her elationship with her father who stated I favored you above all your brothers 1 then Dronke summarizes that her Perpetua's Passion studies the third century martyrdom of a young woman and places it in the intellectua. ,
Interesting and not once did I find myself getting bored of the story The story is about the early persecution of matrys of the Christian eligion during ancient Greece times This book
is a great commentaryexposition of the Martyrdom of Perpetua analyzing the social and historical context ofa great commentaryexposition of the Martyrdom of Perpetua analyzing the social and historical context of and the society within which she would have lived In addition this book does a good job of analyzing the significance of this text for future generations including the addition this book does a good job of analyzing the significance of this text for future generations including the ways male church authorities attempted to einterpret the text of Perpetua s martyrdom to fit in line with their hierarchical view of gender Its an interesting ead and well worth your time if you ve got some so I definitely ecommend that you check it out The title of this book is somewhat misleading If you grew up Catholic and spent half your life eading the lives of saints and the like you probably knew that Perpetua was a Christian martyr I didn t ealize this apparently it has been too long since I added this book to my list Although her family had likely been Roman citizens for many generations and her father was probably high anking in the municipal province she actually lived and was martyred in Carthage in North AfricaUnlike most martyrs especially female martyrs of the time Perpetua kept a diary while she was imprisoned The author includes the translation of what we have of this diary in the text including the eyewitness account of the person to whom she entrusted the diary of the actual arena experience and death of Perpetua and the group of martyrs of which she was a part The book itself is not long and the portion occupied by the dia I throughly enjoyed eading Perpetua s Passion It was extremely thought provoking and powerful It will take some time for me to econcile my feelings concerning the people and events I love herI despise her she was a foola heroine they had great faiththey were delusional she was an example of unwavering commitment she was a petulant attention seeking child hmmmmJoyce Salisbury is a gifted writer This book is an attempt by Salisbury to put the well known source the Passio of Perpetua and Felicity into a broad cultural and eligious context though I don t think it s a particularly successful one I think she was aiming it at an undergrad audience but instead of merely simplifying some concepts she dumbed them down a little Salisbury doesn t eally engage with some of the interpretive issues or explain why she adopts some of the opinions which she does and I think showing how historians make the choices they make when writing history is even key when writing for an interested lay eader She makes some interesting suggestions but we eally don t have the sources to back up what she s saying which draws a big uestion mark over a lot of her conclusions Could be used in an undergrad course but I think only with great care Scholarly and minutely detailed The eader will become an expert on martyrdom in North Africa second century And one will also know than you want to know on details of how Christians were presented to wild animals in the arena Extensive Bibliography and eferences. Y follows Perpetua from her youth in a wealthy Roman household to her imprisonment and death in the aren. .