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Her worry over her young son as well as the pain in losing the relationship with her father However this book provides a clearer picture of what happened during her imprisonment when it says that she reuested and received 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 refuses even after being faced with the guilt and scorn about her choices regarding her family Hilarianus poses the deadly uestion Are you a Christian to which she promptly and boldly replies 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 reading 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 read 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 right 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 I 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 unable to feed him as often as he needed breaks my heart Not only this but she then had to die knowing that her poor sweet baby would have to grow up without his mother a figure that is so desperately needed in any person as they grow into adulthood The author does so well in conveying the pain that Perpetua must have felt Further the Dronke does a fantastic ob in portraying the relationship between Perpetua and her father as he integrated uotes from Perpetua s writings and went deeper into them I am a huge Daddy s Girl so as I read this I was able to place myself in Perpetua s shoes easily and picture my own father instead of hers As the author described the pure love that her father had for Perpetua it made my heart constrict in pain at the thought that the poor father only wanted to save his only daughter s life To him it was hard to understand why she refused to renounce her faith He could not fathom the thought of losing his baby girl I found both Women Writers of the Middle Ages and Perpetua s Passion to be incredibly informative yet interesting in the way the authors conveyed their own passion and interest in her story Both authors did a fantastic ob in accurately getting Perpetua s story and heart onto paper They both provided factual evidence that supported their own views but also supported their claims about Perpetua s life in imprisonment before imprisonment and her death I would highly recommend reading both of these books if you are interested in Perpetua s story as well as other influential women writers from the middle ages Perpetua s story and faith is truly something to be admired and looked up Y follows Perpetua from her youth in a wealthy Roman household to her imprisonment and death in the aren.
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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 read and great insight about Rome Carthage and Christianity in the 3rd Century A useful synthesis for the general reader with some caveats That is to say Salisbury s text needs to be read with a bit of caution She does a solid ob 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 resorts to history in the subjunctive mood Perpetua must have thought or must have known or was very likely to have done such and such At these moments Salisbury s book is at is weakest At best some of these connections are plausible a franker acknowledgment of speculation would have been welcome The bibliography is uite good so if a reader wishes to plumb a little deeply into the social or historical background of Perpetua and decide for themselves if Salisbury s conclusions are merited they would be wise to do so This is an excellent book that recounts 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 read for women and for Christians It allows for an insight into how the formation of the Church began and it s role in the persecution of women Scholarly and minutely detailed The reader 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 references This book is an attempt by Salisbury to put the well known source the Passio of Perpetua and Felicity into a broad cultural and religious 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 really 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 reader She makes some interesting suggestions but we really 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 I throughly enjoyed reading Perpetua s Passion It was extremely thought provoking and powerful It will take some time for me to reconcile 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 The title of this book is somewhat misleading If you grew up Catholic and spent half your life reading the lives of saints and the like you probably knew that Perpetua was a Christian martyr I didn t realize 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 ranking 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 Perpetua's Passion studies the third century martyrdom of a young woman and places it in the intellectua.
F which she was a part The book itself is not long and the portion occupied by the diary is even smallerThe author discusses at length the background of the martyrdom including the conflicting religious and political currents of the time that influenced both Perpetua and her friends and the government of the province under the emperor Septimus Severus She also tells of the history of Carthage and how this history encouraged a view of suicide as self sacrifice for the good of the country There seem to have been a generous number of Christian martyrs in Carthage and the rest of North Africa between the second and fourth centuriesThere is also a discussion of the Christian community at the time of Perpetua s martyrdom and what martyrdom meant both to Perpetua and her friends at the time of her death and to Christians in later agesThis is a very scholarly and well researched book This book is a great commentaryexposition of the Martyrdom of Perpetua analyzing the social and historical context of Perpetua and the society within which she would have lived In addition this book does a good ob of analyzing the significance of this text for future generations including the various ways male church authorities attempted to reinterpret the text of Perpetua s martyrdom to fit in line with their hierarchical view of gender Its an interesting read and well worth your time if you ve got some so I definitely recommend that you check it out Had to read this for a class in college It was very 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 religion during ancient Greece times 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 roughly around twenty two when she was arrested for refusing 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 refusing to renounce her Christian faith and was soon recognized as an early church 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 refused to renounce 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 recorded in her ournal 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 receives from God then continues to praise God even in the midst of her struggles with her concern for her child and the rest of her family Dronke continues to reflect on her relationship with her father who stated I favored you above all your brothers 1 then Dronke summarizes that her father was claiming her with a possessive love 1 p 4 5 He then provides a brief run down of Perpetua s reasoning 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 ourney 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 ourney in prison In addition to what has been previously stated about Perpetua Salisbury reiterates the struggle that Perpetua had with. L and social context of her age Conflicting ideas of religion family and gender are explored as Salisbur.
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