9. A Father, a Daughter and a Procurator: Authority and Resistance in the Prison Memoir of Perpetua of Carthage

  1. Lin Foxhall2 and
  2. Gabriele Neher3
  1. Kate Cooper

Published Online: 13 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118234471.ch9

Gender and the City before Modernity

Gender and the City before Modernity

How to Cite

Cooper, K. (2012) A Father, a Daughter and a Procurator: Authority and Resistance in the Prison Memoir of Perpetua of Carthage, in Gender and the City before Modernity (eds L. Foxhall and G. Neher), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118234471.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Leicester, UK

  2. 3

    University of Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Manchester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 15 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118234433

Online ISBN: 9781118234471

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Keywords:

  • Perpetua of Carthage, resistance in the prison memoir;
  • the story of Perpetua and her companions;
  • narratives of Perpetua, Saturus, in medieval manuscripts;
  • the Perpetua of the prison memoir, heroine or historical woman;
  • custody arrangements for Perpetua's child, born out of wedlock;
  • position of a concubine's, economic, a social invisibility;
  • Perpetua's conversion, and relationship to her child's father;
  • sense of community, meaning everything to would-be martyrs;
  • Perpetua's act of defiance, punishment of hideous death;
  • Perpetua and the contest, a virility to prove her strength

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Prisoners of conscience in Roman Carthage: religion, class and the social meaning of resistance to authority

  • The biological family and the family of faith

  • Awaiting trial

  • The interrogation

  • Resisting Rome or resisting thy neighbour?

  • Perpetua and the Egyptian

  • The long future