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Recherches sur le corpus latin des actes et des passions d’Afrique romaine (IIe-VIe siècles)

Since the work of Paul Monceaux at the beginning of the 20th century the African hagiographic corpus has evolved. New texts were discovered while others were excluded from the corpus. Thus a new thorough study of the North African hagiography has been highly desired. The present work offers an analysis of a reshaped corpus, composed of thirty acts and passions, which describe the martyrdom of Christians between the 2nd and the late 5th century. The first part of the book examines connections between hagiography and the North African local history, namely the way authors place the facts in the historical and geographical context. The second part focuses on the construction of a hagiographical discourse through the study of the terminology of the martyrdom, the virtues and heroization of persecuted Christians. The third part explores literary personalities of the hagiographers, analysing the use of biblical, classical and patristic sources in the texts. The book provides a contribution to the political and cultural history of North Africa in Late Antiquity.


EAA 203: Paris, Institut d’études augustiniennes, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-85121-292-4
556 p., 165 x 250 mm
71€ TTC

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