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Lawrence
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Accounts of Lawrence's martyrdom vary (see also Martyrs); but he is associated with Pope Saint Sixtus II (257-258), who was martyred, probably by beheading, during the persecution by the Emperor Valerian or his son Gallienus. Lawrence, a deacon, and four companions were executed four days later. He was believed to have been beheaded at a location outside the Porta Salaria. Stories that grew around Lawrence displaced his martyrdom, like that of Sixtus, to the reign of Decius. (Valerian was described in some acts of Lawrence as Decius' prefect in Rome. Jacobus de Voragine attempted to…

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Thomas Izbicki, “Lawrence”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 20 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00137>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023



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