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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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


Donatus, bishop, and Hilarianus, monk, martyrs of Arezzo under the emperor Julian

Saint ID


Number in BH

BHL 2289

Reported Death Not Before


Reported Death Not After


Type of Saint
Martyrs, "Confessors", Ascetics/monks/nuns, Bishops , Groups and pairs of saints
Related Evidence Records
E02503The Latin Martyrdom of *Pigmenius, *Bibiana and Companions (martyrs of Rome under the emperor Julian, S00728 and S01445) narrates Pigmenius' teaching and ordination of *Donatus (bishop and martyr of Arezzo, S01527) and the future emperor Julian; the apostasy of Julian and the persecutions he carries out as emperor. Other martyrs of Rome under Julian are worked into the story: *Priscus, Priscillianus and Benedicta (S01516), *Iohannes and Paulus (brothers and eunuchs, S00384), *Iohannes (martyr buried on the via Salaria, S00514), and, above all, the young girl Bibiana - before the martyrdom and burial of Pigmenius himself. An appendix narrates Julian's death, skinned alive in Persia. Written presumably in Rome, at an uncertain date, probably in the 6th or 7th c.
E03223The Latin Martyrdom of *Donatus and Hilarianus (martyrs of Arezzo under the emperor Julian, S01527) narrates Donatus’ education in Rome together with the emperor Julian; his flight to Arezzo (central Italy) where he stays with the monk Hilarianus, and the miracles and conversions they effect; Donatus’ consecration as bishop of Arezzo; the martyrdom of the two saints, and Donatus’ burial near Arezzo. Written presumably in Arezzo, perhaps in the 7th or 8th c., by the early 9th c. at the latest.
E04433Gregory the Great, in his Dialogues (1.7), describes three miracles effected by *Nonnosus (prior of Mount Soracte, later 6th c., S01713) on Mount Soracte, near Rome. These were conducted in imitation of *Gregory (the Miracle Worker, S00687), *Donatus (bishop of Arezzo, S01527) and *Elisha (Old Testament Prophet, S00239). Written in Latin in Rome, c. 593.
E04911The 6th/7th c. recension of the Latin Martyrologium Hieronymianum, as transmitted in 8th c. manuscripts, records the feasts of a number of saints on 7 August.
E05600Bede, in his Martyrology, records the feast on 7 August in Arezzo (central Italy) of *Donatus (martyr of Arezzo under the emperor Julian, S01527). Written in Latin at Wearmouth-Jarrow (north-east Britain), 725/731.
E06588The Latin Gelasian Sacramentary (or Liber Sacramentorum Romanae Ecclesiae), probably compiled around 750 near Paris using earlier material from Rome, records prayers to saints on their feast days in August.