Victor and Corona

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Saints Victor and Corona
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Illuminated miniature of the martyrdom of Saints Victor and Corona, on a full leaf from a Book of Hours, France (Paris), ca. 1480.
Died~170 AD
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Feast 14 May
Patronage Feltre; Castelfidardo; Corona is invoked in connection with superstitions involving money, such as gambling or treasure hunting
St Victor of Siena (left) and St Corona (above) by the Master of the Palazzo Venezia Madonna (Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen DK). Master of Palazzo Venezia Madonna - St. Corona - Google Art Project.jpg
St Victor of Siena (left) and St Corona (above) by the Master of the Palazzo Venezia Madonna (Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen DK).
Master of Palazzo Venezia Madonna - St Victor of Siena - Google Art Project.jpg

Saints Victor and Corona are two Christian martyrs. Most sources state that they were killed in Roman Syria during the reign of Marcus Aurelius (170s AD). However, various hagiographical texts disagree about the site of their martyrdom, with some stating that it was Damascus, while Coptic sources state that it was Antioch. Some Western sources state that Alexandria or Sicily was their place of martyrdom. They also disagree about the date of their martyrdom. They may have been martyred during the reign of Antoninus, Diocletian, while the Roman Martyrology states that it was in the third century when they met their death. [1] Saint Corona was popular in folk treasure magic, being called upon by a treasure hunter to bring treasure, and then sent away through a similarly elaborate ritual. [2]

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Syria was an early Roman province, annexed to the Roman Republic in 64 BC by Pompey in the Third Mithridatic War, following the defeat of Armenian King Tigranes the Great. Following the partition of the Herodian Kingdom into tetrarchies in 6 AD, it was gradually absorbed into Roman provinces, with Roman Syria annexing Iturea and Trachonitis.

Marcus Aurelius Roman Emperor and philosopher

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Their legend states that Victor was a Roman soldier of Italian ancestry, serving in the city of Damascus in Roman Syria during the reign of Emperor Antoninus Pius. He was tortured - including having his eyes gouged out - by a commander named Sebastian.

Damascus City in Syria

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While he was suffering from these tortures, the sixteen-year-old spouse of one of his brothers-in-arms, named Corona, [3] comforted and encouraged him. For this, she was arrested and interrogated. According to the passio of Corona, which is considered largely fictional, Corona was bound to two bent palm trees and torn apart as the trunks were released.

Victor was beheaded in Damascus in 160 AD.

Other sources state that they were husband and wife. [4]


Victor and Corona's memorial day is 24 November (11 November in the Orthodox church calendar). Their feast day is 14 May. Outside the town of Feltre on the slopes of Mount Miesna is the church of SS. Vittore e Corona, erected by the Crusaders from Feltre after the First Crusade.

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Feltre Comune in Veneto, Italy

Feltre is a town and comune of the province of Belluno in Veneto, northern Italy. A hill town in the southern reaches of the province, it is located on the Stizzon River, about 4 kilometres from its junction with the Piave, and 20 km (12 mi) southwest from Belluno. The Dolomites loom to the north of the town.

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Corona is especially venerated in Austria and eastern Bavaria. She is invoked in connection with superstitions involving money, such as gambling or treasure hunting.

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Gambling wagering of money on a game of chance or event with an uncertain outcome

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Otto III, around AD 1000, brought Corona's relics to Aachen.


  1. Santi Vittore e Corona
  2. Dillinger, Johannes (2011). Magical Treasure Hunting in Europe and North America. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 89–90. ISBN   0230000045.
  3. Also known as Stefania, Stephana, a Greek translation of her Latin name, meaning "crown"
  4. Saint Patrick's Church: Saints of May 14

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