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E03230: The Latin Martyrdom of *Philippus (priest and martyr of Agira, S01872), is written presumably in Agira (Sicily), at an uncertain date, perhaps in the 13th c. Translated from an original Greek text.

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Martyrdom of Philippus (BHL 6819)

We have not produced a summary of this text, which is much later than c. 700 (the end date for our project).
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E03230

Saint Name

Philippus, priest and martyr of Agyra (Sicily) : S01872

Saint Name in Source

Philippus

Type of Evidence

Literary - Hagiographical - Accounts of martyrdom

Language

Latin

Evidence not before

1200

Evidence not after

1300

Place of Evidence - Region

Italy south of Rome and Sicily

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Agira

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

Agira Adriatic Sea Adriatic Sea Adriaticum Mare

Source

There is one main Latin version of the Martyrdom, BHL 6819, falsely ascribed to Athanasius. According to Pasini it is a translation of the Greek original, BHG 1531b. There is as well another Greek version attributed to the monk Eusebius (see BHG 1531, critically edited by Pasini, C., Vita di S. Filippo d’Agira attribuita al monaco Eusebio (Rome, 1981), Orientalia Christiana Analecta 214). There are no manuscripts listed of BHL 6819 in the database Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina Manuscripta (bhlms.fltr.ucl.ac.be).

Discussion

The Martyrdom is of uncertain date of composition. Although it was generally dated to the 4th or 5th century (Gryson, R., Répertoire général des auteurs ecclésiastiques Latins de l’Antiquité et du Haut moyen âge, 2 vols. (Freiburg, 2007), I, 82), Pasini has argued that the earliest version of the Martyrdom would be BHG 1531 attributed to Eusebius, which was not written earlier than the 9th century, while BHG 1531b, the Greek version our Martyrdom, attributed to Athanasius, was written later, in the 13th century, and then translated into Latin (our text, BHL 6819).

Bibliography

Edition (BHL 6819): Acta Sanctorum, Mai. III, 33-36. Further reading: Pasini, C., “Osservazioni sul dossier agiografico e innografico di san Filippo di Agira,” in: Storia della Sicilia e tradizione agiografica nella tarda antichità, Atti del Convegno di studi di Catania, 20-22 maggio 1986 (Soveria Mannelli, 1988), 173-208. Pasini, C., “La figura di Filippo d’Agira nella tradizione agiografica e innografica italogreca,” Cassiodorus 6-7 (2000-2001), 37-53. Pasini, C., “Edizione della vita pseudoatanasiana di san Filippo d’Agira vergata da Georgios Basilikos nel codice Athen. Gennad. 39,” Studi bizantini e neoellenici 36 (1999), 177-222 (edition of Greek BHG 1531b at 201-211; Italian translation 211-220). Rizzo Nervo, F., “Tradizione narrativa e mutamenti semantici nella letteratura agiografica siciliana,” in: Pricoco, S., Rizzo Nervo, F., and Sardella, T. (eds.), Sicilia e Italia suburbicaria tra IV e VIII secolo. Atti del Convegno di studi (Catania, 24-27 ottobre 1989) (Soveria Mannelli, 1991), 249-261.

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