Perpetua’s martyrdom


After reading the attached document titled, “The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas,” construct a brief critical thinking essay.
Discuss the account of the martyrdom of Perpetua. Address any ONE of these questions. What do you learn from it about the history of the persecutions? How is martyrdom presented as an “ideal” and the martyr as a “hero”? How do Christians justify martyrdom? Who are these texts directed to? How is gendered imagery used in the account of Perpetua’s martyrdom? Are there differences between Perpetua’s account and that of the “narrator”? Do they together create an image of a specifically female “hero”?

“The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas” is taken from Lives of Roman Christian Women. Translated and edited with an
Introduction and Notes by Carolinne White. London: Penguin Books, 2010. Pp. 4-17.
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