Zenobios and Zenobia
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.
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.
It has been argued that the characters are legendary, possibly arisen from the confusion of the reading of martyrologies. 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.
- ЗИНОВИЙ И ЗИНОВИЯ at the Orthodox Encyclopedia (in Russian)
- CВЯЩЕННОМУЧЕНИК ЗИНОВИЙ, ЕПИСКОП ЕГЕЙСКИЙ, И СЕСТРА ЕГО ЗИНОВИЯ (in Russian)
- Свети мъченици Зиновий и Зиновия (in Bulgarian)
- "The Holy Martyrs Zenobius and His Sister Zenobia" from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website (assessed December 13, 2014)
- Charlotte Mary Yonge, History of Christian names. By the author of The heir of Redclyffe, 1884, p. 62
- "Zenobiusz" (retrieved December 13, 2014) (in Polish)