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E07453: The late 4th to 6th century collection of Miracles of *Menas (soldier martyr of Egypt, S00073), ascribed to Timothy of Alexandria, recounts the miraculous punishment of a poor man who kept stealing pigs from the shrine's sty. Written in Greek in Alexandria.

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Timothy of Alexandria, Miracles of Menas (CPG 2527, BHG 1256-1269)

Miracle 13. The man who stole pigs (BHG 1269)

Summary:

A poor pagan man called Pastamon frequently steals the best pigs from the shrine. The saint appears to him and asks him to stop, because there are also other poor people who need to be fed. Pastamon defies the warning and steals another pig which he slaughters, intending to salt the meat. Yet the meat is suddenly transformed into stone and the man is infuriated and vows to keep stealing. The saint appears in a dream and threatens him again, but Pastamon wakes up determined to steal the best pig of the saint’s sty. He sneaks in early in the morning, but is immediately paralysed, and stays there like a log, till the herdsmen find him. They take him to the shrine, where he confesses his sins and remains there as a penitent for the rest of his life.

Text: Pomialovskii 1900.
Summary: E. Rizos.

History

Evidence ID

E07453

Saint Name

Menas, soldier and martyr buried at Abu Mena : S00073

Saint Name in Source

Μηνᾶς

Type of Evidence

Literary - Hagiographical - Collections of miracles

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

380

Evidence not after

700

Activity not before

380

Activity not after

700

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Alexandria Abu Mina

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

Alexandria Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis Abu Mina Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Burial site of a saint - tomb/grave

Cult Activities - Miracles

Miracle after death Punishing miracle

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Pagans

Source

The collection is preserved, not always intact, in 69 manuscripts, on which see: https://pinakes.irht.cnrs.fr/notices/oeuvre/9359/

Discussion

For the context of this story, see E07440.

Bibliography

Text: Pomialovskii, I., Житие преподобного Паисия Великого и Тимофея патриарха Александрийского повествование о чудесах св. великомученика Мины (St Petersburg, 1900), 61-89. Further reading: Delehaye, H., "Les recueils antiques de miracles des saints," Analecta Bollandiana 43 (1925), 5-85, 305-325. Efthymiadis, S., "Collections of Miracles (Fifth-Fifteenth Centuries)," in: S. Efthymiadis (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Byzantine Hagiography II: Genres and Contexts (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), 106.

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