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In the early third century, two young mothers—a noblewoman, Perpetua, and an enslaved person, Felicity—met their deaths in a gladitorial arena in Roman North Africa. Two of the many Christians who died because of their refusal to obey Roman social mores, they are unusually well-known because of the account which Perpetua wrote while imprisoned. This became the core of the narrative known as the Passion of Perpetua and Felicity, and both women were acclaimed as martyrs and came to be regarded as saints by the Catholic Church.

Rea and Clarke do a good job here of using historically accurate visuals to create immediate context for students and to explicate some of the text's more obscure passages. The graphic novel part of the book is accompanied by analyses which help to explain broader social and historical contexts, and to discuss the various methods by which a historian might fruitfully approach a text in this genre, as well as by an up-to-date translation of the full text from the Latin. I might have liked a little more engagement on Rea's part with the ways in which religious faith (or lack thereof) can inform our readings of a hagiographic work, but she may rightfully have felt that was too sensitive a topic to be able to navigate well within such a small space.

Still, I think Perpetua's Journey is a text that's likely to go over well in the classroom, especially since I've known students to bounce hard off the Passion in the past when dealing with older translations.

Yuletide noms!

Sep. 14th, 2017 06:24 pm
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They close tomorrow so hurry and get your nominations in!

Mine are:

Witcher: Geralt, Emhyr, Ciri, Dandelion (duh)

Dragonriders of Pern: Menolly, Robinton (I totally want Menolly/Robinton NOT SORRY)

Dune (the book): Paul, Jessica, Stilgar, Feyd -- I don't know exactly what I want here, I think I want some outsider POV on Paul maybe?

My runners-up were:

Rome: Pullo, Vorenus, maybe Octavian -- man, I would love a story that undid what the show did to Octavian in S2 so much

Gladiator: Maximus, Commodus

Brimstone: Ezekiel, The Devil

Dungeons and Dragons Cartoon: Eric, Hank, Sheila, Venger

Battle of the Planets: Mark, Jason

and my perennial hope-springs-eternal Dracula: the Series: Lucard (hope doesn't really spring very far lol)

I am totally not mentioning these here in hopes that someone has a spare nom they wouldn't mind using on one of these. ;)
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A slog. As befits an annaliste, Le Roy Ladurie is more interested in long-term structure than he is the personalities which drove the popular revolt in a small town in sixteenth-century southern France. He explores the ways in which rising discontent with the minimal taxes paid by the nobility, rising prices, tensions between Protestantism and Catholicism, and a host of other issues fed into the bloody events of St Blaise's Day, 1580. But ironically, for someone who pays so much attention to structures in general, Le Roy Ladurie paid little to the internal organisation of this book. I found it difficult to get a clear picture of how all the pieces of his argument hung together, and some of his statements a bit... dubious. Particularly the page he spent discussing young men and sexual assault, which smacked entirely too much of apologia to my mind. If you work specifically on this time period, you might find more here of interest and relevance than I did, but I bounced off this one hard.


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