True Martyrdom, True History

 The novel, Perpetua...

  • demonstrates the nature of true martyrdom, which is motivated by love, as opposed to the violent and random killing of self and others that modern radicals call “martyrdom”.
  • is highly historical, incorporating all of the events, conversations, people, and relationships described in the original diary.
  • is set in the Roman Empire, a society in many ways more akin to modern western culture than any other society has ever been--affluent and technologically advanced, molded by a recent feminist movement, drawn to spirituality, tolerant of all gods except the God of Christianity and Judaism, morally corrupt, and rent by insurmountable economic gulfs between the “haves” and the “have-nots”.