Perpetua - St Perpetua Why Sex and Gender Matter Life and...

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St. Perpetua Why Sex and Gender Matter
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Life and Background Young woman (22 years old) New mother Well born Arrested, tried and imprisoned
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Her Execution She was probably killed on March 7 th in 203 Part of the birthday entertainment for Emperor Septimius Severus’s son He was 14 at the time
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What was Perpetua’s Crime? Charged with civil disobedience Condemned to fight wild beasts in the Roman amphitheater at Carthage
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Roman Carthage
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The Text Prison diary Simple language Modern scholars accept that this is a first person narrative done by Perpetua
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The Structure of the Text Perpetua writes of her arrest, trial, and visions while in prison Someone else (author unknown) adds a introduction, an eyewitness report of her death, and a vision of another martyr named Saturus
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Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas
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Shift from home (women’s realm) and family to public martyr Perpetua is referred to as “domina” yet is her status as a wife relevant?
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Gender, Identity and Status II Perpetua’s transformation into a man coincides with: The end of her lactation Her movement into the arena (world of men)
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