The Passion of Perpetua

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Winner of the 2022 Ladislaus J. Bolchazy Pedagogy Book Award from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South

This edition of the Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis aims to enable intermediate-level students of Latin to read the text in its original language. A substantial introduction provides background on the woman, her text, and her times. The Latin text includes a running glossary and grammatical commentary on every page.

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“[W]hat makes this book highly innovative is the fact that most of it was written by students in the advanced Latin course at Stanford Online High School.  Hendrickson taught the course but the other nine co-authors were members of his class who each edited one section of the text and then all (including the teacher) peer-reviewed each others’ work.  The collaboration clearly worked and the result is a seamless guide to a piece of Latin which will be quite unlike anything which students will have encountered in their Latin courses to date.” -John Godwin, Classics for All

“The Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis is a work of extraordinary interest. Presenting text, vocabulary, and notes on the same page, this helpful edition, designed for students at the intermediate level of Latin, enables them to encounter it not through the occluding lens of translation but in the lively language of the original… The co-authors of this book deserve much credit for enabling students to hear Perpetua’s story as told in her own voice, in her own striking Latin, and to help excavate it, as it were, from the avalanche.” –Adam Serfass, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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