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Nereus and Achilleus (Saints)
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were two Roman martyrs (at the time of Diocletian?), whose graves were venerated in the Domitilla Catacomb (Catacombs) on the Via Ardeatina (feast day May 12). An early place of worship (before 350) was extended, probably by Damasus I, to a basilica with a nave and two aisles, half underground. According to an inscription there, Nereus and Achilleus were soldiers who were martyred after their conversion and after abandonment of their military service. The novelistic Passio (Acts of the Martyrs), probably from the 6th century, is topographically inspired. Her…

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Baumeister, Theofried, “Nereus and Achilleus (Saints)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 May 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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