This presentation will focus on issues of sex and gender in Perpetua’s Journey, a graphic text that 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. The heroine of the story, Vibia Perpetua, is a twenty-two year old wife and mother sentenced to die in the amphitheater at Carthage for her Christian beliefs. She is killed, along with several other catechumens, as part of the birthday celebrations for the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus’s son Geta in 203 CE. Before her death, Perpetua refuses to remain marginalized and incapacitated while incarcerated. Her confrontations with Roman officials show her determination to receive just and humane treatment for herself and her fellow prisoners.This event is part of the 2016-17 Fellowship Brown-Bag Series, which features informal talks by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere’s Rothman Faculty Summer Fellows, Tedder Doctoral Fellows, and Rothman Doctoral Fellows. Fellows will speak for 20-30 minutes in length about their funded work, leaving ample time for questions and discussion.
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Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
200 Walker Hall
P.O. Box 118030
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611