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Gesta martyrum
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The term gesta martyrum (“deeds of the martyrs”) conventionally refers to a disparate set of hagiographical narratives (passiones; Hagiography) that concern primarily pre-Constantinian martyrs who died in the city of Rome or whose cults were otherwise closely associated with the city. These anonymous texts, most written in Latin, are difficult to date, but appear to have been redacted at various moments in the 5th, …

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Maskarinec, Maya, “Gesta martyrum”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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