Montanist Elements in the Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis
Montanism is first attested in Carthage in the works of the Roman jurist Tertullian. A debate has long been engaged as to whether the Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis is Montanist in spirit. I propose to define North African Montanism, particulary as expressed in Tertullian, and then seek to show whether the Psasio shares these traits. The Passio is significant since it gives us first hand understanding of female appropriation of Christianity in the early third century. The Passio claims to be an autobigraphical narrative. If this assertion is true the text would be amongst the earliest autobiographies of a female in the Latin tradition.
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Professor Thomas John Heffernan
Professor, Kenneth Curry Professor in the Humanities, University of Tennessee