Montanist Elements in the Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis

Professor Thomas John Heffernan
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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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Stream: History, Historiography, Religion, Spirituality
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Professor Thomas John Heffernan

Professor, Kenneth Curry Professor in the Humanities, University of Tennessee

Dr. Heffernan has written 6 books and many articles chiefly in the field of sacred Biography, focusing chiefly on the period of late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. For the past eight years Dr. Heffernan has been studying Roman Tunisia with particular attention to the Latin "Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis." This text was composed in the city of Carthage in the year 202, during the reign of Emperor Septimus Severus. Dr. Heffernan has been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, been a resident fellow at the National Humanities Center and received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Philosophical Society.

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