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Justina of Padua
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Justina of Padua is a Christian martyr whose martyrdom allegedly took place on Oct 7, 304, in Padua by command of Maximian. She is patron saint of Padua and Venice.


Justina’s Passio was composed in the 11th century. Several manuscripts in different variants from the 12th/13th centuries have survived (BHL 4571–4574). The story has the following plot: in the course of the persecution of Christians under Emperor Diocletian, Caesar Maximian came to Padua in order to put Christians on trial. Justina, leaving her cou…

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Hartl, Martina, “Justina of Padua”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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