Silvanus of Ahun
|Saint Silvanus of Ahun|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Major shrine||Saint-Silvain d'Ahun|
|Feast||October 16 |
|Attributes||dressed in a dalmatic, bearing a book and a palm.|
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.
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. In a wood panel dating from 1639, he is depicted dressed in a dalmatic, bearing a book and a palm.
The following places carry his name:
- Sabine Baring-Gould, The Lives of the Saints (Published by Hodges, 1877. Original from Oxford University), p. 415.
- Jacques Baudoin, Le grand livre des saints (Editions Creer, 2006), 439.
- "Silvanus van Ahun". Heiligen-3s. n.d. Retrieved May 8, 2009.
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