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Bibil Identifier bibil:204522
Publication Type Journal article
Title (Italian, Long) Gli Acta brevia scantarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis: une proposta di rilettura
Author Guazzelli, Giuseppe Antonio
Journal Cristianesimo nella Storia. Ricerche storiche esegetiche teologiche - Studies in History Theology and Exegesis (Volume: 30, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language Italian
Pages 1-38 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Of the sources concerning Perpetua, Felicitas and the other Christians martyred in Carthage on 7 March 203, the Passio sanctarum Perpetuae et Fe-licitatis is the most famous and the most studied. Much less attention has been paid to the genesis of the Acta brevia and their transmission. Despite recent studies, the Acta have still not been dated securely. G.A. Guazzelli deals with this problem by re-reading the evidence of the devotion to those martyrs. He is able to confirm that, from the beginning of the third century until the second half of the fifth century, the Passio was the only text on their martyrdom which was read. Being recited especially during mass on the feast day of Perpetua and Felicitas, the Passio, however, needed explanations of both its doctrinal and narrative aspects. In the first half of the fifth century, several observations on the contents of the Passio were therefore made by St Augustine of Hippo. His example of how to interpret the Passio was later followed by other African Christian authors. The augustin-ian positions had some echoes in the Acta brevia, a text possibly inspired, at least in some respects, by Augustine's writings. Guazzelli suggests that the Acta were perhaps not written in Africa: appearing in manuscripts since the late eighth century together with passiones and vitae of other saints and martyrs, the Acta seem more likely to be a text written for the western medieval liturgy.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity
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