Female Identity and Agency in the Cult of the Martyrs in Late Antique North Africa

@inproceedings{Barkman2016FemaleIA,
  title={Female Identity and Agency in the Cult of the Martyrs in Late Antique North Africa},
  author={Heather Barkman},
  year={2016}
}
This thesis investigates the dual roles that women played in the cult of the martyrs in Christianity in Late Antiquity: as martyrs worthy of admiration and as venerators engaged in acts of celebration. The investigation is driven by questions regarding the identity, agency, and power of women in the cult of martyrs, focusing on late antique (secondto fifth-century) North Africa. Late antique Christians expressed their veneration of the martyrs in a variety of ways, including (but not limited to… 

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