Saint Perpetua (born circa 181, died circa 203) was a Roman noblewoman and Christian martyr who was martyred in third century Roman Carthage. She wrote the account of her own life and arrest, becoming one of the earliest female Christian writers with surviving written work.
Perpetua and Felicity were arrested during the early persecution of the Church in Africa by Emperor Severus. Perpetua was baptized before taken to prison and was known for her gift of "the Lord's speech" and receiving messages from God. The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity narrates their death, which occurred at the military games in celebration of Emperor Septimius Severus.