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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

from its origins to circa AD 700, across the entire Christian world

The Greek Life and Martyrdom of *Athenogenes (bishop and martyr of Pedchthoe, S00065), of the 4th/5th c., mentions that the saint was burned at Sebasteia on the same site as an earlier martyr, the bishop of Sebasteia, *Petros (S01124). It reports that there is a church on the site and that Petros rests at a place called Bizaza. Written in Pedachthoe (northern Asia Minor).

Evidence ID


Type of Evidence

Literary - Hagiographical - Lives of saint

Literary - Hagiographical - Accounts of martyrdom

Anysios, Life and Martyrdom of Athenogenes (BHG 197b), 37

[For a summary and discussion of the complete
Martyrdom, see E02993.]

37. Τούτων δὲ οὕτως ἁποφανὲντων, ἀπάπτουσιν οἱ δήμιοι τὴν πυρκαϊὰν ἐν ᾗ ἔμελλεν τελειοῦσθαι ὁ ἅγιος μάρτυς καὶ ἐπίσκοπος Ἀθηνογένης ὲν τόπῳ ἐν ᾧ νῦν ἐστιν σεβάσμιος οἶκος ὲν Σεβαστείᾳ τῇ πόλει, πλησίον τοῦ λεγομένου ἀγάλματος· ἐν ᾧ τόπῳ καὶ ὁ ἅγιος Πέτρος ὁ παλαιὸς ἐπίσκοπος Σεβαστείας, φίλος ὑπάρχων τοῦ ἁγίου Ἀθηνογένους, ἐτελειώθη διὰ πυρός· πρὸ αὑτοῦ δὲ τὸν τῆς ἀθλήσεως ἐκληρώσατο στέφανον· κατάκειται δὲ ἐν Βιζάζοις.

‘37. Once the sentence was decided like this, the executors kindled the fire in which the holy martyr and bishop Athenogenes was to be put to death, on a site where there is now a venerable house in the city of Sebasteia, near the so-called Statue. On that site also saint Petros, the old bishop of Sebasteia, who was a friend of saint Athenogenes, had been put to death by fire. He had earned the crown of martyrdom before him. He rests in Bizaza.’

Text: Maraval 1990. Translation: Efthymios Rizos.

Cult Places

Cult building - independent (church)
Burial site of a saint - unspecified
Place of martyrdom of a saint

Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops


The text is preserved in one manuscript, the 10th-century Codex Sabaiticus 242, of the Patriarchal Library of Jerusalem, on which see:


For a summary and discussion of this text, see E02993.

This passage informs us about the existence of a shrine on the site of execution of Athenogenes, and of the fact that the same site was where another saint, Petros, bishop of Sebasteia had been martyred. The figure of Petros may be the homonymous bishop appearing in the martyrdom account of the Forty Martyrs (E01303), and his memory may have been known to Gregory of Nyssa (E01304).


Text, French translation, commentary:
Maraval, P. La Passion inédite de S. Athénogène de Pédachthoè en Cappadoce (BHG 197b). Subsidia Hagiographica 75. Bruxelles: Société des Bollandistes, 1990.

Record Created By

Efthymios Rizos

Date of Entry


Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00065Athenogenes, bishop and martyr of PedachthoeἈθηνογένηςCertain
S01124Petros, bishop of Sebasteia in Armenia, ob. early 4th c.ΠέτροςCertain

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