The Age Of Martyr Analysis

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As time has progressed, cultural developments have led to adaptations to the meaning of the word "martyr." Originally, martyr was a Greek term meaning "witness," and on occasion, these were individuals who died solely for their ideas (Ronsse, 2004, p.283-284). It is important to note however, that death did not automatically make one a martyr, but rather witnessing, testifying or publicly defending and debating over the legitimacy of philosophies were grounds for adopting this label. In the history of Christianity, the period before the rule of Emperor Constantine is considered to be the "Age of Martyrs" due to the countless number of people that were killed for testifying their belief in Christ (Ronsse, 2004, p.284). The stories of Christian…show more content…
In the chronicle of Perpetua, she demonstrates valor, as she is bold enough to take a risk and declare her belief in Christ and the Kingdom of God notwithstanding the pressure she felt to please others. Despite her father 's wishes, as he was a Pagan, Perpetua would not recant her remarks and beliefs to satisfy him. In fact, Rousselle suggests that her actions are an appeal to escape from traditional familial patterns of patriarchal authority (1987, p.2). She was brave enough to reveal her true beliefs in a society where such actions were not welcomed. Furthermore, it is said that Perpetua entered the arena and approached her neared death valiantly, having already accepted martyrdom (Rouselle, 1987, p.270). She died confident in her faith. In comparison, Blandina of Lyons also demonstrated courage as seen through her ability to disrupt the traditional Roman system. Due to Blandina 's apathy to follow along with what the Romans told her to do, she, like Perpetua, was killed. She asserted continuously that she was a Christian despite the torture and the extensive amount of criticism that she received. Because Blandina did not adhere to the external pressures she faced, she helped others, Christians and Pagans alike, to see that there was a strong possibility for change (Goodine, 2004, p.211). Blandina 's actions serve as a reminder that one person can make a significant difference in the world no matter how poor and submissive they are considered to be in society (Goodine, 2004, p.211). Although Blandina was unable to reap the benefits of her actions in an earthly manner, they were immensely valuable in the progression of Christianity. Perpetua and Blandina accepted death courageously as a testimony to their faith and the Kingdom of
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