Romanus of Samosata

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Saint Romanus
Died 297
Samosata, Syria
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church Eastern Orthodox Church
Canonized Pre-Congregation

December 9 Roman Catholic

January 29 Eastern Orthodox

Romanus of Samosata (died 297) was a martyr for Christianity in Syria in 297. He and his companions, Jacob, Philotheus, Hyperechius, Abibus, Julianus, and Paregorius were all subject to a variety of tortures before being hanged to trees and then nailed against them. They are mentioned in the Menaea Graeca and the Menologium der Orthodox-Katholischen Kirche des Morgenlandes. Their feast day is January 29.

Romanus is one of the 140 Colonnade saints which adorn St. Peter's Square.


  • Holweck, F. G. A Biographical Dictionary of the Saints. St. Louis, MO: B. Herder Book Co. 1924.