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E02535: Isidore of Seville in his Latin Chronicle written in two redactions in 615/616 and 626 mentions the translation of the bones of Andrew (the Apostle, S00288) and Luke (the Evangelist, S00442) to Constantinople which he dates to the reign of Constantius II and Constans (350-361).

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Isidore of Seville, Chronicle 342

Ossa Andreae et Lucae apostolorum Constantinopoli transferuntur.

'The bones of the apostles Andrew and Luke are transferred to Constantinople.'

Text: J.C. Martín 2003: 160-161. Translation: S. Koon and J. Wood 2008.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Andrew, the Apostle : S00288 Luke, the Apostle : S00442

Saint Name in Source

Andreas Lucas

Type of Evidence

Literary - Other narrative texts (including Histories)


  • Latin

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Iberian Peninsula

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Seville Osset Osset Osen (castrum) Osser castrum

Major author/Major anonymous work

Isidore of Seville

Cult Activities - Relics

Bodily relic - bones and teeth Transfer, translation and deposition of relics


Isidore, bishop of Seville (Iberian Peninsula) composed the Chronica maiora first in 615/616 during the reign of Sisebut. Then he revised and lengthened it in 626 during the reign of Swinthila (see Koon and Wood 2008, and Martín 2005).


Isidore in the Chronicle inserts the dates from the creation of the world which he correlates with the dates of the reign of kings and emperors. The note about the translation of the bones of Andrew and Lucas is dated by him to the reign of Constantius II and Constans, which ended in 5558 or 5559 (depending on the redaction of the Chronicle) year of the creation. Isidore derived this information from the Chronicle of Jerome (see E04570) who dates the event to the year 357. The note looks identical in both redactions.


Editions: J.C. Martín, Isidori Hispalensis Chronica (Corpus Christianorum Series Latina 112; Turnhout 2003). T. Mommsen, Isidori Iunioris episcopi Hispalensis Chronica maiora ed. primum ad a. DCXV (615) (Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Auctores antiquissimi 11; Berlin 1894), 424-488. Translation: S. Koon, and J. Wood, "The Chronica Maiora of Isidore of Seville: An introduction and translation," e-Spania 6 (2008); ; DOI: 10.4000/e-spania.15552. Further reading: J.C. Martín, "Les remaniements de la second rédaction de la Chronique d’Isidore de Séville: typologie et motivations," Revue bénédictine 115 (2005), 5-26.

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