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E02630: Victor of Tunnuna tells that the body of *Barnabas, apostle and companion of Paul (S00786) was discovered in Cyprus thanks to a revelation, in 488. Entry in Victor of Tunnuna's Chronicle, written in Constantinople in 564-566.

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posted on 2017-03-30, 00:00 authored by robert
Victor of Tunnuna, Chronica

Post consulatum II Longini v.c. consulis (= AD 488)
Corpus sancti Barnabe apostoli in Cipro et euangelium secundum Matheum eius manu scriptum ipso eodem reuelante inuentum est.

'The second year after the consulate of Longinus, vir clarissimus (senator) (= AD 488)
The body of St Barnabas, the apostle, holding the Gospel according to Matthew, written with his own hand, was found in Cyprus, having been revealed by himself.'

Text: Mommsen 1894, 190. Translation: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Barnabas, apostle and companion of *Paul the Apostle, ob. c. 61 : S00786

Saint Name in Source


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

Constantinople and region

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


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

Constantinople Constantinople Κωνσταντινούπολις Konstantinoupolis Constantinopolis Constantinople Istanbul

Cult Activities - Miracles

Miracle after death Apparition, vision, dream, revelation Revelation of hidden knowledge (past, present and future)

Cult Activities - Relics

Bodily relic - entire body Handwriting of a saint Discovering, finding, invention and gathering of relics


Victor was a bishop of the city of Tunnuna (or Tonnona) in Latin North Africa, the exact location of which is unknown. He was expelled from his see during the Three Chapters controversy. During his exile he stayed for several years in Egypt, but in 564 was transferred to Constantinople. There he wrote his Latin Chronicle. Only the part covering years 444-566 is extant. Up to AD 518 it is based mostly on the Church History of Theodore Anagnostes. The written sources of the following part are not easy to identify, but Victor was deeply involved in ecclesiastical politics and had a firsthand knowledge of many events that he mentioned in the Chronicle.


The same event in the Chronicle of Isidore of Seville: E02623.


Edition: Mommsen, Th., Victori Tonnonennsis episcopi chronica, in: Chronica minora saec. IV. V. VI. VII. (II) (Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Auctores Antiquissimi 11; Berlin, 1894), 184-206.

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