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E00967: In a sermon, preached in Latin probably in Carthage, North Africa, 429/439, Quodvultdeus, bishop of Carthage, refers to the feast of *Perpetua, Felicitas, and their companions (martyrs of Carthage, S00009).

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posted on 10.12.2015, 00:00 by robert
Quodvultdeus, Sermon 11.5 (De tempore barbarico 1.5)

Summary:

The preacher emphasises the courage of women martyrs. He mentions the feast of the martyrs Perpetua, Felicitas, and their companions, which had been celebrated a few days earlier (Ante paucos dies natalitia celebrauimus martyrum Perpetuae et Felicitatis, et comitum). He refers to those episodes of their martyrdom which show that in Christ there is no difference between man and woman.

Summary: Robert Wiśniewski.

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Evidence ID

E00967

Saint Name

Perpetua, Felicitas and their companions, martyrs in Carthage, ob. 203 : S00009

Saint Name in Source

Perpetua, Felicitas

Type of Evidence

Literary - Other

Language

Latin

Evidence not before

429

Evidence not after

439

Activity not before

429

Activity not after

439

Place of Evidence - Region

Latin North Africa

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Carthage

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Carthage Carthage Carthago Karthago قرطاج‎ Qarṭāj Mçidfa Carthage

Major author/Major anonymous work

Quodvultdeus

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Oral transmission of saint-related stories

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Women

Source

Quodvultdeus' sermons were most probably preached during his episcopate in Carthage which started at some point between 429 and 439 and was terminated in the latter year by his exile to Italy, though the latest possible terminus ante quem is his death in 454. This sermon, referring to the celebration of the famous martyrs of Carthage, was certainly preached in this city.

Discussion

The sermon mentions episodes from the Martyrdom of Perpetua (E01666). Quodvultdeus certainly knew this text very well, and he refers to it in a way which suggests that he expected his audience to know it as well.

Bibliography

Edition: Braun, R., Quodvultdeus Carthaginensis, Opera Tributa (Corpus Christianorum Series Latina 60; Turnhout: Brepols, 1976), 423-437.

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