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Margaret of Antioch (Saint)
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[German Version]

According to the legendary Passio of Theotimus, Margaret was martyred in Antioch under Diocletian (Persecutions of Christians: I). The daughter of a pagan priest, she maintained her faith and her virginity; after struggling with devils and miraculously surviving tortures, she was finally beheaded. She was venerated in the East at an early date, and her cult reached the West in the early Middle Ages. In the late Middle Ages, she gained great popularity as one of the 14 Holy Helpers (Auxiliary saints). She is depicted as vanquishing the dragon from hell and is c…

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Unterburger, Klaus, “Margaret of Antioch (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13571>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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