Silvanus of Ahun

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Saint Silvanus of Ahun
Died 407 AD
Ahun, France
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Major shrine Saint-Silvain d'Ahun
Feast October 16 [1]
Attributes dressed in a dalmatic, bearing a book and a palm.[2]
Patronage Ahun; Château-Chervix[3]

Silvanus (or Sylvanus; French: Silvain, Sauvan, Salvan, Souvain) of Ahun is venerated as a martyr and saint. According to tradition, he was a deacon who was killed by Vandals at Agedunum or Acitodunum (Ahun) on October 16, 407.[2][3]


Saint-Silvain d’Ahun

The antiquity of his cult is based on the fact that there was an ancient tomb said to carry his relics; the tomb rests in the crypt of the 12th-century church of Saint-Silvain d’Ahun.[2] In a wood panel dating from 1639, he is depicted dressed in a dalmatic, bearing a book and a palm.[2]

The following places carry his name:


  1. ^ Sabine Baring-Gould, The Lives of the Saints (Published by Hodges, 1877. Original from Oxford University), p. 415.
  2. ^ a b c d Jacques Baudoin, Le grand livre des saints (Editions Creer, 2006), 439.
  3. ^ a b "Silvanus van Ahun". Heiligen-3s. n.d. Retrieved May 8, 2009.