To this group was added a man named Saturus, who voluntarily went before the magistrate and proclaimed himself a Christian.The traditional view has been that Perpetua, Felicity and the others were martyred owing to a decree of Roman emperor Septimius Severus (193–211).The serpent does not harm her, and she ascends to a garden (iv).At the conclusion of her dream, Perpetua realizes that the martyrs will suffer (iv).In a second vision, Perpetua sees her brother Dinocrates, who had died unbaptized from cancer at the early age of seven (vii).She prayed for him and later had a vision of him happy and healthy, his facial disfigurement reduced to a scar (viii).On the day of the games, the martyrs are led into the amphitheatre (xviii).
Catalogued by the Bollandists as BHL 6633-6636, Perpetua and Felicity (believed to have died in 203 AD) were Christian martyrs of the 3rd century.
Vibia Perpetua was a married noblewoman, said to have been 22 years old at the time of her death, and mother of an infant she was nursing.
Felicity, a slave imprisoned with her and pregnant at the time, was martyred with her.
At the encouragement of her brother, Perpetua asks for and receives a vision, in which she climbs a dangerous ladder to which various weapons are attached (iv).
At the foot of a ladder is a serpent, which is faced first by Saturus and later by Perpetua (iv).
They were put to death along with others at Carthage in the Roman province of Africa.