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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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


Paese and Thekla from Pousire and Antinoopolis, martyrs of Alexandria, beheaded in the village of Tepot, ob. 303–311

Saint ID


Reported Death Not Before


Reported Death Not After


Type of Saint
Mothers and fathers, Merchants, artisans and other free people, Groups and pairs of saints
Related Evidence Records
E01225Coptic Martyrdom of *Paese and his sister Thekla (martyrs of Alexandria, S00750) from Pousire in the Hermopolite nome and from Antinoopolis, both martyrs in Alexandria under the dux Armenios, but beheaded on their way south with Eutychianus, the dux of the Thebaid. The account preserved in a 9th c. manuscript includes: the martyrdom of *Viktor (son of Romanos, Egyptian martyr, S00749) at Alexandria; miracles performed by and on the saints through *Raphael (the Archangel, S00481); a visit of Paese to the heavenly Jerusalem; a boat trip on which Thekla meets *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) and Elizabeth (mother of John the Baptist), and the Archangels *Gabriel (S00192) and Raphael; an account of the benefits that will be gained by adherents of Paese and Thekla's cult.