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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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


Man of God/Alexios, ascetic of Edessa

Saint ID


Number in BH

O 36-42

Reported Death Not Before


Reported Death Not After


Type of Saint
Related Evidence Records
E02324The Story of the *Man of God (ascetic of Edessa, S01211) is written in Syriac in Edessa during the 5th c. Describes the life of an anonymous ascetic, with no reference to miraculous events.
E03681The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th century, based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Jerusalem, commemorates on 17 March Valentinian III (Roman emperor, ob. 16 March 455), *Kyrillos/Cyril (bishop of Jerusalem, ob. 386, S01669), and *Alexios (the 'Man of God', ascetic of Edessa, S01211).
E03825The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 7 August possibly *Moses (Old Testament prophet and lawgiver, S00241), 'Moses son of Ephemianos' (possibly *Alexios/the 'Man of God', ascetic of Edessa, S01211), and *Eusignios (soldier and martyr of Antioch, S01369).
E07119The Greek Life of *Alexios the Man of God (ascetic of Edessa and Rome, S01211) reproduces an earlier Syriac edifying story about a disguised ascetic holy man, but places his death in Rome (not Edessa), and claims that he was buried at the church of *Bonifacius (martyr, buried on the Aventine hill, S00523). It mentions a speaking image of *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) in Edessa. Probably written in Rome, in the 7th century or later.
E07145The Greek Life of *Ioannes/John Kalybites (ascetic in 5th or 6th century Constantinople, E02745) recounts the life of a child ascetic associated with the Sleepless Monks of Constantinople. It tells the edifying story of the son of a rich family, who returns and lives as an ascetic at his family home, recognised only just before his death. Written in Constantinople in the late 5th century or later.