Zenobios and Zenobia

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The Holy Martyrs Zenobios and Zenobia (died ~ 290; Greek:Ζηνόβιος/Ζινόβιος κα Ζηνοβία; Σινόβιος κα Σινοβία; Latin: Zenobius et Zenobia, Cyrillic alphabet: Зиновий и Зиновия) are recognized by Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church; their day is October 30.[1][2][3][4]

According to the Byzantine hagiography, Zenobios and his sister Zenobia were from Aegae, Cilicia. Zenobios was a physician and because of his divine healing powers he was consecrated bishop of Aegae. They were tortured and beheaded at about 290, during Diocletian's persecutions.[5][6]

It has been argued that the characters are legendary, possibly arisen from the confusion of the reading of martyrologies.[7] Hippolyte Delehaye suggested a possible compilation by an unknown hagiographer who put together parts from the hagiography of Saints Cosmas and Damian with mentions of various saints named Zenobios/Zenobius.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ЗИНОВИЙ И ЗИНОВИЯ at the Orthodox Encyclopedia (in Russian)
  2. ^ CВЯЩЕННОМУЧЕНИК ЗИНОВИЙ, ЕПИСКОП ЕГЕЙСКИЙ, И СЕСТРА ЕГО ЗИНОВИЯ (in Russian)
  3. ^ Свети мъченици Зиновий и Зиновия (in Bulgarian)
  4. ^ http://catholicsaints.mobi/calendar/30-october.htm
  5. ^ "The Holy Martyrs Zenobius and His Sister Zenobia" from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website (assessed December 13, 2014)
  6. ^ Charlotte Mary Yonge, History of Christian names. By the author of The heir of Redclyffe, 1884, p. 62
  7. ^ "Zenobiusz" (retrieved December 13, 2014) (in Polish)