Saint NameAnastasia, martyr in Sirmium (Illyricum, modern Serbia), c. 302-305 : S00602
Saint Name in SourceAnastasia
Type of EvidenceLiterary - Sermons/Homilies
Evidence not before457
Evidence not after457
Activity not before457
Activity not after457
Place of Evidence - RegionRome and region
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcForum Boarium
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Forum Boarium
Major author/Major anonymous workLeo the Great (pope)
Cult activities - PlacesCult building - independent (church)
Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and NarrativesEcclesiastics - bishops
SourceLeo the Great’s sermons were composed and delivered to the congregation in Rome throughout his papacy, between 440 and 461. The vast majority of these sermons were delivered at St Peter’s at the Vatican. The most recent editor of these sermons, A. Chavasse, argues that Leo edited and circulated a collection of 59 sermons, composed between 441 and 445, and that a second group of sermons from the latter part of his papacy were edited and circulated shortly after his death in 460. It is possible that these sermons were intended to provide a model for other bishops or to educate priests and the lower clergy.
DiscussionMichele Salzman suggests that this church is the one at the Tiber port of the Forum Boarium in Rome. She argues that Leo chose to preach against Euthyches' teachings here on account of the large Greek community at the port, which might have been more receptive to his teachings.
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Freeland, J. and Conway, A., St Leo the Great Sermons (Fathers of the Church 93; Washington D.C., 1996).
Demacopoulos, G.E., The Invention of Peter: Apostolic Discourse and Papal Authority in Late Antiquity (Philadelphia, 2013).
Salzman, M.R., "Leo’s Liturgical Topography: Contestations for Space in Fifth-Century Rome," Journal of Roman
Studies 103 (2013), 208-232.
Thacker, A., "Patrons of Rome: The cult of Sts Peter and Paul at court and in the city in the fourth and fifth centuries," Early Medieval Europe 20:4 (2012), 380-406.
Wessel, S., Leo the Great and the Spiritual Rebuilding of Rome (Leiden, 2008).