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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity


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


Name

Athanasios, bishop of Alexandria, ob. 373

Saint ID

S00294

Reported Death Not Before

373

Reported Death Not After

373

Gender
Male
Type of Saint
Bishops , Writers, Hermits/recluses
Related Evidence Records
IDTitle
E00513The Piacenza Pilgrim, in his account of Alexandria (Lower Egypt), lists the graves there of *Athanasios (bishop of Alexandria, ob. 373, S00294), *Phaustos/Faustus (martyr of Alexandria, S00299).*Epymachos (martyr of Egypt, S00222), 'Antoninus' (either *Antony 'the Great', monk of Egypt, ob. 356, S00098, or *Antoninus, martyr of Alexandria, S00327) and *Mark (the Evangelist, S00293). Account of an anonymous pilgrim, written in Latin, probably in Placentia (northern Italy), c. 570.
E01235Gregory of Nazianzus composes in 379/380 his Oration 21, On *Athanasius (bishop of Alexandria, ob. 373, S00294), which he delivers during a memorial service held by the then dissident Nicene congregation of Constantinople. He compares Athanasius with biblical figures and martyrs, and invokes his intercession on behalf of the church. Written in Greek at Constantinople.
E01236Gregory of Nazianzus, in his Oration 21 of 379/380, mentions the Life of *Antony ('the Great', monk of Egypt, ob. 356, S00098) by Athanasius of Alexandria, which he describes as a rule for monastic life in the guise of a narrative account. He expresses the hope that a similar life will be written for *Athanasius (bishop of Alexandria, S00294) himself. Written in Greek at Constantinople.
E01286Barḥadbešabbā ‘Arbāyā, an East-Syrian author (late 6th/early 7th c.), in his Syriac Ecclesiastical History ascribes a particular importance to such ecclesiastical leaders of the past as *Athanasios (bishop of Alexandria, ob. 373, S00294), *Gregory the Miracle-Worker (bishop and missionary in Pontus, ob. c. 270, S00687), *Basil (bishop of Caesarea, ob. 379, S00780), *Flavianos (bishop of Antioch, ob. 404, S00781), *Diodoros (bishop of Tarsus, ob. c. 390, S00782), *John Chrysostom (bishop of Constantinople, ob. 407, S00784), *Theodoros (bishop of of Mopsuestia, ob. 428, S00783) and *Nestorios (bishop of Constantinople, ob. 450, S00778).
E01733Coptic list of holy books belonging to the monastery of Apa *Elijah (S00667) on the mountain, presumably at Aphroditopolis/Atfih (Middle Egypt), listing a papyrus manuscripts containing the Lives of Apa *Epiphanios (S00093) and Apa *Petros (S00036), most probably the Lives of Epiphanios of Salamis and Peter II of Alexandria, as well as Encomia by Apa *Athanasios (S00294) and others, datable to the 7th/8th century.
E02884The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th century, based however on a 5th-7th c. prototype from Jerusalem, commemorates on 18 January the consecration of the Monastery of Choziba of *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033), the bishops of Alexandria, *Alexander (ob. 326/328,S00294), *Athanasios (ob. 374, S00294), and *Kyrillos/Cyril (ob. 444, S00733), and *Paul of Thebes (the first anchorite, S01349).
E03139The early seventh-century Georgian version of the Lectionary of Jerusalem commemorates on 2 May at the Church of the Anastasis, *Athanasios (bishop of Alexandria, ob. 373, S00294).
E03359The early seventh-century Georgian version of the Lectionary of Jerusalem commemorates on 23 August *Athanasios (bishop of Alexandria, ob. 373, S00294), *Basil (bishop of Caesarea, ob. 379, S00780), *Gregory (bishop of Nyssa, ob. 394, S01357), *Gregory (the Theologian, of Nazianzos, ob. 390, S00837), *John Chrysostom (bishop of Constantinople, ob. 407, S00779) and *Epiphanios (bishop of Salamis, ob. 403, S00215).
E03727The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 2 May *Athanasios (bishop of Alexandria, ob. 373, S00294).
E03841The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 23 August *Athanasios (bishop of Alexandria, S00294), *Basil (bishop of Caesarea, S00780), *Gregory (bishop of Nyssa, S01357), *Gregory (the Theologian, of Nazianzos, S00837), *John Chrysostom (bishop of Constantinople, S00779), *Epiphanios (bishop of Salamis, S00215), *Kyrillos (bishop of Jerusalem, ob. 386, S01569), *Lucius (martyr in Cyrene under Diocletian, S01792), probably *Sarmiane (katholikos of Georgia, 6th c., S01793), *Gerasimos (anchorite, founder of a monastery in the Judean desert, ob. 475., S01507), and *Athanasios (bishop and martyr of Tarsus under Aurelian, S01794).
E04535Long and complex, but poorly spelt, Greek text roughly inscribed on all the faces of a limestone slate, invoking the help of a number of saints: a saint *Klemens (probably *Clement of Alexandria, S02839), *Polykarpos (bishop and martyr of Smyrna, S00004), *Tryphon (martyr of Nikaia/Nicaea, S00439), *Kyprianos (probably the magician and martyr of Antioch, S01704), *Athanasios (probably the bishop of Alexandria, S00294), *Epiphanios (probably the bishop of Salamis, S00215), *Theodore (soldier and martyr of Amaseia and Euchaita, S00480), and *George (soldier and martyr, S00259). Found at Lythrodontas near ancient Tamassos, Cyprus. Probably 5th or 6th c.
E05971Coptic ostracon from the area of Hermonthis (Upper Egypt) with an excerpt from a calendar of saints’ feast days, such as those of *Jakob (S00858), *Arsenios and Loukios (ascetics of Syrian origin, and martyrs near Panopolis, S02600), *Theognosta (perhaps the mother of George, S01537), *Athanasios (possibly the bishop of Alexandria, ob. 373, S00294), *David (Old Testament king of Israel and Psalmist, S00269), *Daniel (possibly the disciple and biographer of Arsenios, S02379) *Zoilos (possibly the disciple of Arsenios, S02378) and *Anna (possibly the mother of Mary, S01614), *Maria (possibly Mary, mother of Christ, S00033) and *Sophia (perhaps the head of a convent in Edessa, ob. 363, S02381); datable to the 7th century.
E06565Aldhelm, in his prose On Virginity, names *Athanasius (bishop of Alexandria, ob. 373, S00294), who was taught by *Alexandros (bishop of Alexandria, ob. 326/28, S00733), as an exemplary virgin. Written in Latin in southern Britain, for the nuns at the monastery at Barking (south-east Britain), c. 675/686.
E06659Aldhelm's verse On Virginity lists a range of saints as exemplary virgins, with some variations to the list found in the earlier prose version of the same treatise. Written in Latin in southern Britain, for the nuns at the monastery at Barking (south-east Britain), c. 675/710. Overview entry
E07006Two Coptic Encomia on *Athanasios (bishop of Alexandria, ob. 373, S00294) from the monastery of the Archangel Michael near Hamuli in the Fayum, attributed to Constantine of Siout (c. 550–640, Upper Egypt), written in the late 6th/early 7th century. Skeleton entry
E07163The Greek Life of *Athanasius (bishop of Alexandria, ob. 373 S00294) recounts the broader context of ecclesiastical history during the episcopate of its hero. Probably written in the 6th century at Constantinople. The text is known only through a summary and excerpts in the 9th century Bibliotheca of Photius.