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E05081: Evagrius Scholasticus in his Ecclesiastical History mentions the story of *Golinduch (Persian convert, S00019), referring to the account of her life written by bishop Stephen of Hierapolis. Written in Greek at Antioch (Syria), 593/594.

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posted on 2018-02-13, 00:00 authored by erizos
Evagrius Scholasticus, Ecclesiastical History, 6.20

Τότε καὶ Γολιανδοὺχ μάρτυς ζῶσα παρ’ ἡμῖν ἦν, ἡ διὰ πολλῶν μὲν πόνων τὸ μαρτύριον διενέγκασα, τῶν μάγων Περσῶν αὐτὴν αἰκιζομένων, μεγάλων δὲ τεραστίων ἐργάτις γενομένη· ἧς τὸν βίον ἀνέγραψε Στέφανος ὁ πρότερος ἐπίσκοπος τῆς Ἱεραπολιτῶν.

'At that time, indeed, Golinduch the martyr was living among us; she had endured martyrdom through many travails when the Persian magi had tortured her, and she became the worker of great miracles. Stephen the former bishop of the Hierapolitans has written her life.'

Text: Bidez and Parmentier 2014. Translation: Whitby 2010.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Golinduch, Persian convert to Christianity, ob. 590s : S00019

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Literary - Other narrative texts (including Histories)


  • Greek

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Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Syria with Phoenicia

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Antioch on the Orontes

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

Antioch on the Orontes Thabbora Thabbora

Major author/Major anonymous work

Evagrius Scholasticus

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Composing and translating saint-related texts

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives



Evagrius was born in about 535 in the Syrian city of Epiphania. Educated at Antioch and Constantinople, he pursued a career as a lawyer at Antioch, serving as a legal advisor to Patriarch Gregory (570-592). He wrote the Ecclesiastical History in 593/4, with the express purpose of covering the period following the coverage of the mid 5th century ecclesiastical histories of Socrates, Sozomen, and Theodoret. His narrative starts with Nestorius and the Council of Ephesus (431) and stops with the death of Evagrius’ patron, Gregory of Antioch, in 592. The work offers a balanced mixture of ecclesiastical and secular events in the East Roman Empire, being best informed about Antioch and Syria. Evagrius also published a dossier of original documents from the archive of Patriarch Gregory of Antioch, which has not survived.


Text and French translation: Bidez, J., and Parmentier, L., Evagre le Scholastique, Histoire ecclésiastique (Sources Chrétiennes 542, 566; Paris, 2011, 2014), with commentary by L. Angliviel de la Beaumelle, and G. Sabbah, and French translation by A.-J.Festugière, B. Grillet, and G. Sabbah. Other translations: Whitby, M., The Ecclesiastical History of Evagrius Scholasticus (Translated Texts for Historians 33; Liverpool, 2000). Hübner, A., Evagrius Scholasticus, Historia ecclesiastica = Kirchengeschichte (Fontes Christiani 57; Turnhout, 2007). Carcione, F., Evagrio di Epifania, Storia ecclesiastica (Roma, 1998). Further Reading: Allen, P., Evagrius Scholasticus, the Church Historian (Spicilegium Sacrum Lovaniense, Etudes et Documents 41; Leuven, 1981). Treadgold, W., The Early Byzantine Historians (Basingstoke, 2006), 299-308.

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