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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity


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


Name

Marius, Martha, Audifax and Abacuc, husband, wife and two sons from Persia, martyrs of the via Cornelia near Rome

Saint ID

S01163

Number in BH

BHL 5543

Reported Death Not Before

41

Reported Death Not After

270

Gender
Male
Female
Type of Saint
Martyrs, Groups and pairs of saints, Lesser clergy
Related Evidence Records
IDTitle
E02093The Martyrdom of *Marius, Martha, Audifax and Abacuc of Persia (martyrs of the via Cornelia near Rome, S01163) and of *Valentinus (priest and martyr of Rome, S00433) is written in Latin probably in the diocese of Silva Candida near Rome, probably no later than the 6th c. Narrates how Marius and his family travel from Persia to Rome; their care for persecuted Christians and for the burial of martyrs, in particular *Blastus (martyr of Rome, S00476) in a crypt on the via Salaria, and *Cyrinus/Quirinus (martyr of Rome, S01551) in a crypt in the cemetery of Pontianus; the trial of the priest Valentinus and his conversion of the princeps *Asterius (martyr of Ostia, S01550) and all his household; the latter's arrest, martyrdom and burial at Ostia, where a church is built; Valentinus’ martyrdom and burial on the via Flaminia; the martyrdom of Marius and his family on the via Cornelia, and their burial. Miracles abound up to this day at the burial places of the martyrs.
E04611The 6th/7th c. recension of the Latin Martyrologium Hieronymianum records the feasts of a number of saints on 16 January.
E04616The 6th/7th c. recension of the Latin Martyrologium Hieronymianum records the feasts of a number of saints on 20 January.
E05432Bede, in his Martyrology, records the feast on 20 January of *Marius, Martha, Audifax and Abbacuc (Persian martyrs of Rome, S01163). Written in Latin at Wearmouth-Jarrow (north-east Britain), 725/731.
E06540The Latin Gelasian Sacramentary (or 'Liber Sacramentorum Romanae Ecclesiae'), probably compiled around 750 near Paris, records prayers to saints on their feast days in January.
E06981The text De Locis Sanctis lists burial places of saints by the via Cornelia outside the city of Rome; written in Latin, in Rome between 635-45 AD.