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E06900: The Greek Martyrdom of *Sophia and her daughters (martyrs of Rome, S00554). Skeleton entry

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Martyrdom of Sophia and her daughters (BHG 1637x, 1637y, 1637z)

We have not examined this text. (For a brief summary of the legend, see Constantinou 2005, 28-29.)


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Sophia and her daughters, martyrs of Rome, buried on the via Aurelia : S00554

Type of Evidence

Literary - Hagiographical - Accounts of martyrdom


  • Greek


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


According to M. van Esbroeck (1981), this martyrdom account (BHG 1637x, y and z) was written in Constantinople in the 4th century, not in Rome between the 7th and 8th centuries, as Halkin 1973, 180, 184-185, supposed.


Text: Halkin, F. (ed.), Légendes grecques de 'martyres romaines' (Subsidia Hagiographica 55; Brussels, 1973), 185-196 and 204-213 (BHG 1637x); 185-204 (BHG 1637y); 213–228 (BHG 1637z). Further reading: Constantinou, S., Female Corporeal Performances: Reading the Body in Byzantine Passions and Lives of Holy Women (Uppsala, 2005), 28-29 and (passim) 30-58. Lequeux, X., "Latin Hagiographical Literature Translated into Greek," in: S. Efthymiadis (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Byzantine Hagiography, vol. 1: Periods and Places (Farnham/Burlington VT, 2011), 385-399. van Esbroeck, M., "Le saint comme symbole," in: S. Hackel (ed.), The Byzantine Saint (London, 1981), 128-140.

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