Perpetua's Journey: Faith, Gender, and Power in the Roman Empire (Graphic History Series)

by Jennifer A. Rea

Paperback, 2017



Call number

Child > Graphic Novel


Oxford University Press (2017), Edition: 1, 232 pages


"Perpetua's Journey is a graphic history set in the Roman Empire in 203. Based on a document called the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis, Perpetua's Journey narrates one woman's determination to act as a legal advocate on behalf of others at a time when women were forbidden to do so.Through a mix of graphic novel chapters and academic writing, the Passio unfolds, depicting how local officials contend with Christianity's rising popularity in Carthage, as well as Perpetua's open declaration of her Christian faith which clashes with expectations from male authority figures, including her father"--Provided by publisher.

Media reviews

The newest issue in Oxford’s Graphic History Series transports readers into a striking martyr narrative set in the ancient Christian world: the story of Perpetua’s last week of life, as represented in the first-person account often attributed to her as a “diary” and included in the Passion
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of Perpetua and Felicity. The Passion frequently appears on syllabi for courses in early Christianity or the history of Christianity more broadly. (An informal poll on Twitter showed that 82% of the 73 respondents have assigned it.) Valued for how vividly it recounts the narrative of a group of male and female Christians in conflict with local authorities, the text is a boon to teachers who want to use it to highlight women in the ancient Christian world. Rea and Clarke’s attractive and affordable new treatment will only increase the Passion’s popularity in classrooms, as it supplements its story and ancillary resources with a graphic representation of the text (1-86).
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Physical description

232 p.; 9.9 inches


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