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Saints of Otricoli

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The images below (or the underlined name of the saint) link to detailed pages on the most important saints of Otricoli

St Fulgentius (22nd May)

St Fulgentus was Bishop of Otricoli was recorded in the Dialogues of Pope Gregory I, in an account in which he saved Ocriculum from destruction by Totila, probably in ca, 543. 
  1. An inscription (6th century) from San Vittore records St Fulgentius' discovery of the relics of St Victor (below). 

  2. Another inscription (probably 7th century) from San Vittore identifies his own relics and those of other saints, including St Corona (below).

These relics and the associated inscriptions are now in Santa Maria Assunta (translated there, respectively, in 1351 and 1316).

St Medicus (25th June)

The relics of St Medicus, an otherwise unknown martyr, were found under the apse of San Vittore in 1611, along with an identifying inscription (10th or 11th century).  The relics and inscription to Santa Maria Assunta soon after their discovery and are now in the crypt there, which is dedicated to St Medicus.

SS Victor and Corona (14th May)

As noted above:
  1. an inscription (6th century) from San Vittore records the discovery of the relics of St Victor by St Fulgentius (above); and

  2. a slightly later inscription that probably came from this church identified the relics of St Corona (among others).

A legend (BHL 8583 b-d) used the earlier legend of two Syrian martyrs Victor and Corona in order to “flesh out” the epigraphical evidence from  Ocriculum.   St Victor now became a native of Ocriculum and the relics of SS Victor and Corona were returned there by Italian soldiers soon after their  martyrdom in Syria (traditionally in 168).  BHL 8583d describes the discovery of the relics by the Emperor Otto III at the end of the 10th century and their translation to the palatine chapel at Aachen: St Victor was mentioned in passing in this account, but the relics in question seem to have been those of St Corona.

As noted above, the surviving relics and inscriptions are now in Santa Maria Assunta:

  1. those relating to St Victor were translated in 1351; and

  2. those relating to St corona were translated in 1316.

Read more:

E. D’Angelo, “Otricoli e i Suoi Santi: Storia, Liturgia, Epigrafia, Agiografia”, (2012) Spoleto

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