Religion Past and Present

Get access
Search Results: | 13 of 19 |

Cosmas and Damian, Saints
(265 words)

[German Version]

(feast day: Sep 26). As probably the most beloved of the Anargyroi (“those who heal without payment”), this uncertain eastern hagiological tradition (Syr., Gk, Arab., Georg., Lat.; three versions of the legend are distinguished: Passio Asiatica, BHG 372, 385–393, feast day: Nov 1; Passio Romana, BHG 376, feast day: Jul 1; Passio Arabica, BHG 378f., feast day: Oct 18), which is important for the history of medicine, knows of three pairs of physician brothers by this name in a large geographical area, including Rome, Constantinople,…

Cite this page
Wischmeyer, Wolfgang, “Cosmas and Damian, Saints”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

▲   Back to top   ▲