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E06640: Greek version of the Martyrdom of *Shirin (Persian convert to Christianity and martyr under Khosrau I, ob. 559, S02491). Skeleton entry

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posted on 2018-09-27, 00:00 authored by Nikolaos
Greek version of the Martyrdom of Shirin (BHG 1637)

We have not examined this text, nor compared it to stories of the martyrdom in other languages. It is a translation dated around 593-609, based on a Martyrdom originally written in Syriac in the reign of Khosrau I of Sassanid Persia (between 559 and 579), but the original is not extant.

Note that translations of hagiographical literature into other ancient languages are not as a rule recorded in the Cult of Saints database, unless there is evidence to suggest that the translation dates from the 7th century or earlier.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Shirin, Persian convert to Christianity and martyr under Khosrau I, ob. 559 : S02491

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Literary - Hagiographical - Accounts of martyrdom


  • Greek

Evidence not before


Evidence not after



For the manuscript tradition, see: For the edition, see Bibliography.


Text: Devos, P., "Sainte Sirin, martyre sous Khosrau Ier Anosarvan," Analecta Bollandiana 64 (1946), 112-131. Further reading: Detoraki, M., "Greek Passions of the Martyrs in Byzantium," in: S. Efthymiadis (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Byzantine Hagiography II: Genres and Contexts (Farnham, 2014), 75-76.

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