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The Roman Martyrs: Introduction, Translations, and Commentary

Michael Lapidge


The Roman Martyrs contains translations of forty Latin passiones of saints who were martyred in Rome or its near environs, during the period before the ‘peace of the Church’ (c. 312). Some of these Roman martyrs are universally known — SS. Agnes, Sebastian or Laurence, for example — but others are scarcely known outside the ecclesiastical landscape of Rome itself. Each of the translated passiones, which vary in length from a few paragraphs to over ninety, is accompanied by an individual introduction and commentary; the translations are preceded by an Introduction which describes the principal ... More

Keywords: martyr(s), paganism, virginity, conversion, baptism, Roman criminal law, Roman magistracies, arrest, trial, torture, execution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198811367
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198811367.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Lapidge, author
Professor Emeritus of Anglo-Saxon, University of Cambridge; Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge