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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity


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


Name

Agathonikos and Companions, martyrs of Bithynia and Thrace

Saint ID

S01628

Number in BH

BHG 39-43

Reported Death Not Before

284

Reported Death Not After

305

Gender
Male
Type of Saint
Martyrs
Related Evidence Records
IDTitle
E03836The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 18 August *Andrew (the Apostle, S00288), *Agathonikos (martyr of Bithynia and Thrace, S01628), *Floros (martyr of Ulpiana, S00871).
E03840The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 22 August *Isaac (Old Testament Patriarch, S00275), and *Jacob (Old Testament Patriarch, S00280), *Loukianos (martyr of Heliopolis-Baalbek, S00831) and *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) and *Agathonikos (martyr of Bithynia and Thrace, S01628).
E04346Procopius of Caesarea, in his On Buildings, mentions the church of *Agathonikos (martyr of Bithynia and Thrace, S01628) in Constantinople, which was rebuilt by Justinian (r. 527-565). Written in Greek at Constantinople, in the 550s.
E07146The Greek Martyrdom of *Agathonikos and his Companions (martyr of Bithynia and Thrace, S01628) recounts the martyrdom of a leading Christian, arrested in the area of Nicomedia (north-west Asia Minor), and taken to Byzantium and Selymbria (Thrace, eastern Balkans) for execution. The text mentions martyrdoms and shrines in the surroundings of Nicomedia and Chalcedon (both close to Constantinople). Written in Constantinople, perhaps in the 5th or 6th centuries.