Silvanus of Ahun

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Saint Silvanus of Ahun
Died407 AD
Ahun, France
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Major shrineSaint-Silvain d'Ahun
FeastOctober 16 [1]
Attributesdressed in a dalmatic, bearing a book and a palm.[2]
PatronageAhun; Château-Chervix[3]

Silvanus (or Sylvanus; French: Silvain, Sauvan, Salvan, Souvain) of Ahun is venerated as a martyr and saint.

According to the tradition, Silvanus was a deacon who was killed by Vandals at the battle of Agedunum or Acitodunum (Ahun) on October 16, 407.[2][3]


Chevet de 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 Silvanus' 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.