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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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


Anastasios, monk and martyr of Persia, ob. 628

Saint ID


Number in BH

BHG 84; BHL 408, 410, 410b

Reported Death Not Before


Reported Death Not After


Type of Saint
Martyrs, Ascetics/monks/nuns, Converts
Related Evidence Records
E04618The 6th/7th c. recension of the Latin Martyrologium Hieronymianum, as transmitted in 8th c. manuscripts, records the feasts of a number of saints on 22 January.
E05436Bede, in his Martyrology, records the feast on 22 January at ad Aquas Salvias (Rome) of *Anastasius (monk and martyr of Persia, ob. 628, S02052). Written in Latin at Wearmouth-Jarrow (north-east Britain), 725/731.
E06606The Greek Martyrdom of *Anastasios the Persian (monk and martyr of Persia, ob. 628, S02052) recounts the conversion of a young Persian soldier to Christianity and his martyrdom in the reign of Khusro II. Anastasios learned about Christianity when the True Cross was transferred to Persia following the conquest of Jerusalem [in 614], and was baptised soon thereafter in the Holy City, where he also became a monk. His wish to suffer martyrdom led him to Caesarea in Palestine, where he revealed his Christian identity, was apprehended, interrogated, imprisoned and tortured. He was then transferred to Persia, where he was tried and executed by strangulation. His body was buried by a monastery of St Sergios (soldier and martyr of Rusafa, S00023) in Persia, where his tunic effected a posthumous miracle. Written shortly after the martyrdom [in 628], by an anonymous monk of the lavra of St Sabas (Mar Saba) in the Holy Land.
E06989The De Locis Sanctis, a guide to the graves of the martyrs around Rome, lists those on the via Ostiensis, south-west of the city. Written in Latin in Rome, 642/683.
E07037The Martyrdom of *Anastasius (monk and martyr of Persia, ob. 628, S02052) is rendered into Latin at least three times before 731: probably first at Rome, c. 645/68; then again at Rome, c. 645/731, or in Britain, 669/731; and again by Bede at Wearmouth-Jarrow (north-east Britain), 700/731.
E07894The Itinerarium Malmesburiense, a guide to saints' graves around and within Rome, lists those outside the porta Ostiensis (now called saint Paul's gate) on the via Ostiensis, south-west of the city. Written in Latin in Rome, 642/683.