St Agnes

"St Agnes" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Friday 10th June 2011

The name of this saint means "lamb" from Greek. According to the legend a son of the Roman prefect tried to seduce this girl at the age of 12 but without success; for this reason he denounced her as the one belonging to the Christian community. Christianity was persecuted in those times (rule or of emperor Detius, or Valerian, or Diocletian), so Agnes was automatically condemned and thrown among the prostitutes in one of the public houses. One man, who wanted to violent her virginity was stroke by the lightning and felt down dead. Before the eyes of the prefect Agnes gave again the life to that one, committing a magic, but she was accused for it and condemned to martyrdom. She was killed as a lamb, by cutting her throat.

Agnes was sanctified immediately after her death and a basilica, erected over the catacombs, where she was buried, and a church in Piazza Navona were dedicated to her (both in Rome).

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