The latest book in the Oxford University Press series of graphic history books has just been released.
Perpetua's Journey: Faith, Gender, and Power in the Roman Empire was written by Jennifer A. Rea, Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Florida. It presents a new translation of The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity in the form of a graphic novel alongside essays which place the Passion, a prison diary written by Vibia Perpetua before her death as a Christian martyr in Carthage in 203 CE, in historical and social context.
The story is not only fascinating because of the complex, challenging choices made by Perpetua and her fellow martyrs, and the personal and societal impact of those choices, but also because it allows us access to the words of a 22-year-old woman who lived during the time of the Roman Empire, yet whose experiences still feel immediate and relatable.
You can find out more about the book at the Oxford University Press website, or on Amazon.
Artwork from Perpetua's Journey:
Faith, Gender, and Power in the Roman Empire
Publication date: July 2017
Artwork copyright Oxford University Press