Mapping the Martyrs is an ongoing digital humanities project begun in the 2014-15 school year at Ohio Wesleyan University. The project is a database of Christian persecution and martyrdom in the early Christian period, spanning from around 34 CE to the sixth century. The project aims to present a single, interactive location for the collection of martyr narratives, presenting them within space and across time, through the use of a map and timeline. Visitors to the site, whether academic or from the general public, can expect to find comprehensive quality information about various early martyrs, as well as resources for further research. The conversation surrounding early Christian martyrdom is one of varying perspectives and theories concerning the nature and significance of martyrdom; by contributing to and engaging in the available resources, undergraduate students, who collect and synthesize the information for the site, are able to become a part of this exchange. Because this is a continuing project, every time the course associated with the project is offered, new groups of undergraduates are provided the opportunity to work with primary sources and create original research.
Kiersten Payne is a senior at Ohio Wesleyan University, majoring in Religion and minoring in German and Sociology. She is on the leadership team for Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) and is an active member of both the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Choral Art Society on campus. Kiersten is currently applying to Master’s programs and plans to pursue academic work in the field of Religion, particularly in Early Christian Studies.