The origin of the legend of Maurice and the Theban legend

Show simple item record Woods, David 2009-11-24T17:29:47Z 2009-11-24T17:29:47Z 1994-07
dc.identifier.citation Woods, D., 1994. The origin of the legend of Maurice and the Theban legend. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 45(3), pp.385-395. en
dc.identifier.volume 45 en
dc.identifier.issued 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 385 en
dc.identifier.endpage 395 en
dc.identifier.issn 0022-0469
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/S0022046900017048
dc.description.abstract The primary account of the martyrdom of Maurice and the Theban legion occurs in a letter addressed by Eucherius, bishop of Lyons c. 434-50, to a fellow bishop, Salvius. This relatively brief document has attracted a degree of scholarly attention out of all proportion to its length, the purpose of which has been to investigate its historical basis. There are those who believe with varying degrees of certainty that there is a historical basis to the story which Eucherius relates, that there did indeed exist a group of Theban soldiers who were executed in the Alps during the early years of the reign of Emperor Herculius Maximianus because they refused, for religious reasons, to obey his commands. However their arguments have left many unconvinced. Denis Van Berchem's thorough examination of the story has raised many doubts about its veracity, and many commentators now incline to believe, with him, that no such martyrs ever existed. en
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dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en
dc.rights Copyright © 1994 Cambridge University Press en
dc.subject martyrs en
dc.subject Martyrs of Agaunum en
dc.subject Saint Maurice en
dc.subject Christian legend en
dc.subject.lcsh Rome -- History -- Empire, 284-476 en
dc.subject.lcsh Christian martyrs en
dc.title The origin of the legend of Maurice and the Theban legend en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
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dc.internal.authorcontactother David Woods, Classics, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Ecclesiastical History en
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