Christian saint and martyr. Name variations: Vibia Perpetua. Born in Thuburbo, a small town in northern Africa, in 181; executed Mar 7, 203, in the amphitheater at Carthage; probably married; children: at least one.
Found guilty of treason, having publicly professed her Christianity; ordered put to death by Hilarianus (then governor of Africa) during the games; wrote a diary of her last days, now known as "The Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas," a vivid recollection of a tragic encounter between 2 very different religious perspectives.
See also Joyce E. Salisbury, Perpetua's Passion: The Death and Memory of a Young Roman Woman (Routledge, 1997); and Women in World History.