INDEBTEDNESS TO PASSIO PERPETUAE IN PONTIUS' VITA CYPRIANI BY JAAKKO ARONEN In this paper a fresh attempt is made to examine the relationship be- tween the acts of martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas (Passio Sanc- tarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis = P. Perp.) from the year 2031 and the biography of Cyprian (Vita Cypriani= V. Cypr.) supposedly written by the deacon Pontius some time after Cyprian's death (258).2 The numerous problems raised by V. Cypr. were the subject of a good deal of discussion in the first two decades of the present century.3 3 Among the most important were the questions of the person of Pontius,4 the historical validity of the writing, its literary genre, its rela- tion to another ancient document of Cyprian's martyrdom, the so- called Acta proconsularia Cypriani, which were written in an official court-record style, and, finally, the sources of Pontius. It is not my in- tention to recapitulate the discussion here, since most of the issues have been succesfully dealt with by Michele Pellegrino and Christine Mohrmann.5 5 There is, however, one problem related to the question of Pontius' sources that has not been sufficiently examined, namely, the possible in- fluence of P.Perp. As
Vigiliae Christianae – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1984
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