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82. St. Primus
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St. Primus - Martyr
Died - c.297 Rome

Feastday - 9 June

Statue created - c.1702-1703
Amici undertook to execute the statue on 11 April 1702 and delivered it on 15 July 1703.

Sculptor - Domenico Amici
He received 80 scudi in 1703 for the work. it is the only known work of the artist, and while not original, show a certain mastery of the technical.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint is in military dress, as per the iconographic tradition the dates back to the mosaic in the church of St Stefano Rotondo (seventh century). With the right hand he supports the palm of martyrdom.

Legend has it that St Primus was martyred in Rome with St Felician (83) during the persecutions of Diocletian.  The Roman Martyrology, 2004, has them as martyrs at Arcas, a military camp at the 24th milestone on the Via Nomentana outside Rome. Uncertain date.

 

Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing

87. Juliana, 86. Paul

85. Basilissa, 84. Hippolytus

83. Felician, 82. Primus

 

Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing

83. Felician, 82. Primus

 

Sources:
The Book of Saints, 2002 Edited by Dom Basil Watkins, OSB
Le statue berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro, 1987 by de Luca Editore s.t.l.

 

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