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H. C. Frend, MartltrdomandPersecutian in theEarQ Church(1965), ggz; 345. rZ; 18. to;. Geffckea,HermesXLY (r gro), 484. z Several young catechumens were arrested, the two slaves, Revocatus and Felicitas, Saturninus and Secundulus, and the noble Vibia Perpetua, who were apparently all inhabitants of Carthager and members of a single household. According to Perpetua's own report, shewas first put under house-arrest,and the martyrs used the brief respite to receive baptism. Then they were transferred to the prison (next to the residence of the governor on the rocky hill of the Byrsa which dominated Carthage).

2 One incident alone indicates with any exactnessthe diffusion of Christianity, and that is attended by all manner of problems. z The searchfor precision-or grandiose theories about Christianity in the African countrysides-had better be abandoned. The evidence will admit only imprecision. This pearl of hagiographical literature (as even the most sceptical are compelled to describe it)to can be demonstrated to 2 App. e7. 1 Mon. re. g. 4; LXXIII. g. r Augustine, De unho baptisma4. zz. 5 Cf. A. Audollent, Dict.

II, III) nor Augustine and 'Praedestinatus'(App. tg) possessed any autlentic information. Tertullian's legal knowledge has r De Vir. Ill. SZ. ; LIII. 6r6 f. 3 C. ; L. S. Lenain de Tillemont, Mlmoires pw semir it l'histaire eccAsiastiqwIII (r7or), 196 f,. 1 HE Il. z. 4. s A. Neander, Antigtusti*us, Geist dzs Tertullianusz (1849), 8. ; Dia. de thlol. cart. ; Ox,ford Dbtionary of tlu Chistin Church (1957), ry94 f . T E R T U L L T A N ' SL I F E A N D B A C K G R O U N D 58 been exaggerated (Ch. IV), the chronology of his life and writings mistaken (Ch.

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