Rebellion Against Shared Myths

The passions of Perpetua and Felicity were written and preserved because they recorded the events leading up to the death of two women and their followers; early Christians used these writings as inspiration for faith. For historians, these accounts are remarkable because they represent the authorial voice of two young women in the Roman Empire, around 200 CE—a rare and precious perspective for this period. In their account, we can detect the ways that their new faith has disturbed the social order of traditional Roman life. There is a disconnect between how the women were expected to act and how they did act. For essay #2, please analyze the passions of Perpetua and Felicity and discuss three instances where these two young women subvert or disturb the old social Roman order by following new organizing principles of early Christianity. What happens when new shared myths encounter old shared myths? By what practices did Perpetua and Felicity create new forms of authority within ancient Roman contexts? This essay should have five distinct sections: Introduction: set the context of this essay—who, where, when—and articulate a thesis Instance #1: discuss first evidence for social disturbance Instance #2: discuss second evidence for social disturbance Instance #3: discuss third evidence for social disturbance Conclusion: state some conclusions made possible through discussion of three instances This essay should be 1000 words, 12 point font size, Times New Roman type, and double spaced. The margins should be spaced 1” from the edge, a cover page with a title and your name should be included, and Turbian style footnotes should be used to cite your evidence.