Jennifer A. Rea’s research explores the intersections between ancient Rome and modern science fiction and fantasy. Her first book, Legendary Rome, explored three poets’ reinventions of Rome’s legendary foundations in the context of post-civil war Augustan Rome. Jennifer's most recent book, Perpetua’s Journey: Faith, Gender and Power in the Roman Empire, challenges critical assumptions about gender roles, legal authority and individual rights and freedoms in Roman Africa during the 3rd century CE.
Areas of Expertise (3)
Reception Studies: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Augustan Age Rome
Daily Life in Ancient Rome
Transforming Civic Space into Sacred Space in the Passio of Perpetua and FelicitasThe Classical Outlook
Jennifer A. Rea
In 203 CE a young mother named Vibia Perpetua was martyred in the amphitheatre at Carthage as part of the birthday games for the Roman emperor Septimius Severus' son Geta.