Bridal Songs: Catullan Epithalamia and Prudentius Peristephanon 3

  title={Bridal Songs: Catullan Epithalamia and Prudentius Peristephanon 3},
  author={Jacqueline Clarke},
  pages={89 - 103}
Prudentius' account of the martyrdom of the young Spanish girl Eulalia in Peristephanon 3 is particularly interesting because not only does it consist of her defiance of an order to pay homage to the pagan gods but also a rejection of pressures to get married. If martyrdom constituted an act of rebellion against the conventions of pagan society, then female martyrdom was doubly so and the ways in which it was presented to a community in which Christianity was still struggling to establish its… 
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