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Perpetua and Felicitas

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Sts. '''Perpetua and Felicitas''' were [[Martyr|martyred]] in Carthage, North Africa, on [[March 7]], 203 A.D. (or 202 A.D.), together with three companions, Revocatus, Saturus, and Saturninus. Their martyrdom took place during the rule of Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), who issued an imperial decree forbidding all imperial subjects under severe penalties to become Christians. Vibia Perpetua was a young married lady of noble birth, and Felicitas was her pregnant slave. The ''Acta SS. Perpetuæ et Felicitatis'' is perhaps the most beautiful and famous of all extant (non-official) Acts of the Martyrs. It includes the autograph notes of Perpetua and Saturus, and an eye-witness's account of the martyrdom, which took place in Carthage's amphitheatre.
==Sources and external linksfurther details==
* [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/maps/primary/perpetua.html The prison diary of St. Perpetua] ([[Tertullian]] refers to the ''Acts of Perpetua'' in his treatise on the soul--''De anima'' ch. 55)
* [http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/actsperpetua.html Early Christian Writings]: ''Acts of Perpetua''

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