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Saint of the Day – 6 July – Saint Romulus of Fiesole (Died c 90) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 6 July – Saint Romulus of Fiesole (Died c 90) Martyr, Bishop, Disciple of Saint Peter (Italian: San Romolo) is venerated as the patron saint of Fiesole, Italy. Romulus was probably a local deacon, priest, or bishop of the 1st century.San_Remo038

According to tradition, he was a disciple of Saint Peter and had been converted to Christianity by the apostle.   This tradition states that Romulus became the first bishop of Fiesole and was martyred during the reign of Domitian along with four companions – Carissimus, Dulcissimus, Marchisianus, and Crescentius.

He was not named as a bishop or martyr in documents dating from 966, however, a document from 1028 names him as such.   From then on, Romulus was considered a martyred bishop of Fiesole and his companions were named.   Their feast day was listed as 6 July in the 1468 Florentine edition of the Martyrology of Usuard and in the 16th century, his name began to appear in the Roman Martyrology, where he was named as a disciple of Saint Peter.San_Romolo

An 11th-century legend associated with him, makes him an illegitimate son of a woman named Lucerna, who had a child with her father’s slave, who was named Cyrus  . Like the Romulus of ancient Roman legend, this Romulus was also abandoned and suckled by a she-wolf.   He was captured, baptised and raised by Saint Peter and Peter’s companion Justin. Romulus then evangelised much of central Italy and was put to death by the governor Repertian.

The most ancient image depicting Romulus is the 1440 polyptych in Fiesole Cathedral, where he is represented with Saints Alexander, Peter and Donatus.fiesole cathedral - Bicci-di-Lorenzo-1450

st romolos Giovanni-della-Robbia-1521

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