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E04589: The 6th/7th c. recension of the Latin Martyrologium Hieronymianum records the feasts of a number of saints on 6 January.

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posted on 2018-01-12, 00:00 authored by marijana
The Martyrologium Hieronymianum is preserved in a number of early manuscripts, which share much in common but also diverge so that it is impossible to reconstruct from them a single authoritative text. Below we, therefore, offer separate English translations of each important early manuscript, and by clicking the 'Datum Table' button, you can view these different versions in their original Latin, set side-by-side for ease of comparison. For a full discussion of the Martyrologium, click 'Discussion/Bibliography.'

The Martyrologium Hieronymianum commemorates on 6 January the following feasts:

The Epiphany of the Lord Jesus Christ,
*Ioulianos/Julianus and Basilissa, martyrs in Egypt, ob. 305/311, (S01341),
*Anastasia (martyr of Sirmium and Rome, S00602),
The birth, ordination of the episcopate and the death of *Melanius, bishop of Rennes (north-west Gaul), ob. c. AD 530 (S01279),
*Lesser saints, on 6 January in the Martyrologium Hieronymianum: in Africa and India (S02219).

The translation:

BnF 10837:

"On the eighth day before the Ides of January, the Epiphany of the Lord.

In Africa, [the feast of] Talesforus, Florus, Iocundus, Petrus, Marcus, Acutus, Ianuaria.

And elsewhere, [the feast of] Honorus, Iulus, Antotinus.

In Sirmium, [the feast of] Anastasus.

In Antioch, the passion of Iulianus and Basilissa.

In India, [the feast of] Celsus, Iulianus.

In the city of Rennes (Gaul), the feast of bishop Melanus."

Weissenburg 81:

"On the eighth day before the Ides of January, the epiphany of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In Africa, [the feast of] Forus, Iocundus, Petrus, Marcus, Acutus, Ianuaria, Iulus, Honorus, Antoninus.

In Sirmium, [the feast of] Anastasia.

In Antioch, the passion of Iulianus and Basilissa.

In India, [the feast of] Celsus, Iulianus.

In the city of Rennes (Gaul), [the feast], the birth, the Episcopal ordination, and the death of the bishop Milianus, who is commemorated there."

The manuscript Bern 289 has a very similar text as Weissenburg 81 on this date.

Quentin follows all the manuscripts.

Delehaye records only several commemorations.

Translation and comments: M. Vukovic.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Anastasia, martyr in Sirmium (Illyricum, modern Serbia), c. 302-305 : S00602 Ioulianos and Basilissa, martyrs in Egypt, ob. 305/311 : S01341 Melanius, bishop of Rennes (north-west Gaul), ob. c. AD 530 : S01279 lesser saints, on 6 January in the Ma

Saint Name in Source

Anastasus/Anastasia Iulianus; Basilissa Melanus/Milianus

Type of Evidence

Liturgical texts - Calendars and martyrologies


  • Latin

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Gaul and Frankish kingdoms

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

Tours Tours Toronica urbs Prisciniacensim vicus Pressigny Turonorum civitas Ceratensis vicus Céré

Major author/Major anonymous work

Martyrologium Hieronymianum

Cult activities - Liturgical Activity

  • Other liturgical acts and ceremonies

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Cult activities - Places

Burial site of a saint - unspecified

Cult Activities - Relics

Bodily relic - entire body


Martyrologium Hieronymianum, or the Martyrology of (Pseudo) Jerome, is the oldest extant martyrology in the Medieval Latin West. It was falsely ascribed to the prominent Christian author, Jerome. This collection is the primary source of all other martyrologies in the Latin West. The predominant scholarly view is that the martyrology was first compiled in Northern Italy during the 5th century (probably Aquileia). No manuscript from the Aquileian redaction has survived. The text was revised in Gaul, probably Auxerre or Autun, in the 6th-7th century. This view relies on the evidence that some names of saints who lived in northern Italy and Frankish Gaul in the 6th - 7th century are present in the martyrology. The preserved text is known as the recensio Gallica, dated to 600 CE. At some point in the 7th century and no later than the early 8th century, the text was transmitted in England (Lapinge, 2005, 45). One or several copies reached England (Northumbria), where the text underwent some revision (Lapinge, 2005, 46). The text may have been eventually taken back to the continent where its earliest surviving copies are preserved in the manuscripts listed below (Lapinge, 2005, 73). The compilers of the Martyrologium Hieronymianum relied on several sources: some early local calendars from Auxerre and Aquileia (Lifshitz, 20), The Chronography of 354 (E01051), a Greek martyrology compiled at Nicomedia around 360 AD (drawn basically from Eusebius, the Ecclesiastical History and the Martyrs of Palestine), which is familiar from the Syriac Martyrology of 411 AD (E00465), and the African Calendar of Carthage, from 505-535 AD (E02195, E02196, E02197, E02198, E02199, E02200, E02201, E02202, E02203, E02204, E02205). The earliest and most famous manuscripts that contain the Martyrology of Jerome, which are listed below, date to the 8th century: MS Paris, BnF lat. 10.837 A single scribe, Laurentius, produced the manuscript BnF 10.837 from Echternach between 703 and 710 (Lifshitz, 32). The Catalogue of BnF, which publishes the manuscript BnF lat. 10.837 online, also provides brief information about the dating: MS Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, Weissenburg 81 F. Lifshitz argues that Weissenburg 81 dates around 772. An online manuscript catalog reveals that the manuscript is from the 8th century: MS Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Bongars 289 De Rossi and Duchesne, in the introduction to their edition, argue that Bern 289 does not date earlier than 766. Vatican, BAV, Pal. lat. 238 The manuscript now in the Vatican originates from Lorsch. According to the online catalog (, the manuscript consists of two formerly independent parts, which were both written in Lorsch: the first part (fol. 3-73, Iulianus Pomerius) was written around 800, and the added fragment, which contains the Martyrologium Hieronymianum, (fol. 74-75, 1-2) was written in the first half of the 9th century. The three 8th-century manuscripts contain two redactions, the first, preserved in the manuscript BnF lat. 10.837, already containing the Northumbrian redaction, and the second redaction, preserved in the manuscripts Bern 289 and Weissenburg 81. The standard edition by G. B. de Rossi and L. Duchesne publishes the four important 8th-century manuscripts in the parallel columns. Another edition is by H. Quentin with the commentary by H. Delehaye. In this database, the following manuscripts and editions of the Martyrologium Hieronymianum are used: - MS Paris, BnF lat. 10.837 (Codex Epternacensis), fol. 2r-32v, 8th century, from the monastery Echternach in Luxembourg - MS Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Bongars 289 (Codex Bernensis), fol. 53v-129v, 8th century, from St. Avold near Metz - MS Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, Weissenburg 81 (Codex Wissenburgensis), fol. 7r-103r, 8th century, from a Carolingian royal institution in or around Maastricht (Lifshitz, 4) - MS Vatican, BAV, Pal. lat. 238 (Fragmentum Laureshamense), fragment (consists of five pages within the manuscript BAV Palat. 238, containing the Martyrologium Hieronymianum from 25 December to 3 January, and from 27 January to 31 January), 8th to 9th century, from the monastery of Lorsch - De Rossi, G. B., and Duchesne, L., Martyrologium Hieronymianum ad finem codicum adiectis prolegomenis. Acta Sanctorum Nov.II.1 (Brussels, 1894) - Quentin, H. and Delehaye, H., Acta Sanctorum Nov.II.2 (Brussels, 1931) In the database, the text of the four 8th-century manuscripts is displayed in the first columns of the Datum Table. The texts are from the edition of G. B. de Rossi and L. Duchesne; however, the text is, at times, corrected after the consultation with the manuscripts. The corrections pertain to letters, words, and sentences. The manuscript Vatican BAV 238 is entirely from the edition of de Rossi and Duchesne. Furthermore, the text from the edition of Quentin is presented in two further columns. Finally, the text from the Commentary of H. Delehaye is placed in the sixth and final column of the Datum Table. Sources: Lifshitz, 2006; Lapinge, 2005; idem, 2018; Summary: M. Vukovic.


On 6 January, all the manuscripts record The Epiphany of the Lord Jesus Christ. Also, all three early manuscripts of the Martyrologium record on 6 January the feast of *Anastasia (martyr in Sirmium (Illyricum, modern Serbia), c. 302-305, S00602). Further, all the manuscripts record on the same day the feast of *Ioulianos and Basilissa, martyrs in Egypt, ob. 305/311, (S01341). The manuscripts further record the feast of the Birth of *Melanius, bishop of Rennes (north-west Gaul), ob. c. AD 530 (S01279), while the manuscripts Bern and Weissenburg also record the feast of his ordination of the episcopate and the death of this saint. Delehaye suggests that this date signifies the feast of his ordination. The saints Talesforus, Florus/Forus, Iocundus, Petrus, Marcus, Acutus, and Ianuaria, commemorated in Africa, and Iulus, Honorus, and Antoninus, commemorated in Africa/elsewhere, are not identified. Also, Iulianus and Celsus, commemorated in India, are not identified. They are *Lesser saints, on 6 January in the Martyrologium Hieronymianum: in Africa and India (S02219).


On the Martyrologium Hieronymianum: Duchesne, L., "A propos du Martyrologe Hieronymien," Analecta Bollandiana 17 (1898), 421-447. Lapinge, M., The Roman Martyrs: Introduction, Translations, and Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). Lapinge, M., "Acca of Hexham and the Origin of the Old English Martyrology," Analecta Bollandiana 123 (2005), 29-78. Lifshitz, F., The Name of the Saint. The Martyrology of Jerome and Access to the Sacred in Francia, 627-827 (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2006). Riain, P. O., "A Northumbrian Phase in the Formation of the Hieronymian Martyrology. The Evidence of the Martyrology of Tallaght," Analecta Bollandiana 120 (2002), 311-363. On the manuscripts of the Martyrologium Hieronymianum: Butzmann, H., Die Weissenburger Handschriften. Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann, 1964 (Wolfenbüttel: Neue Reihe, Bd. 10), 242-243. Muller, J. C., Trois manuscrits liturgiques de l'abbaye d'Echternach à Paris (Abteistadt Echternach), 202-206. Croinin, D. O., "Rath Melsigi, Willibrord, and the earliest Echternach Manuscripts," Peritia 3 (1984), 17-39. Libaert, P., "Notice sur 43 manuscrits d'Echternach conservés à la bibliothèque nationale de Paris," Hémecht 1 (1985), 53-73. McKitterick, R., Books, Scribes and Learning in the Frankish Kingdoms, Sixth-Ninth Centuries (Aldershot: Variorum, 1994). On saints and calendars: Farmer, D. H., Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978). Nilles, N., Kalendarium Manuale utriusque ecclesiae prientalis et occidentalis I-II (England: Gregg International Publishers Limited England, 1971). Watkins, B., The Book on Saints: A Comprehensive Biographical Dictionary (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015).

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