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99. St. Romanus
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St. Romanus
Died - c. 258

Feastday - 9 August 

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli

Statue Installed - c.1665-1667
This statue is part of a group of 24 that were placed between September 1662 and March 1667.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The holy soldier is represented in an attitude identical to that of St Dionysus (96), although in reverse.  His left hand is raised toward St Stephen, the right holds the palm of martyrdom.

The Roman Martyrology 2004 has: " A martyr in the catacomb of St Lawrence on the Via Tiburtina, c.258." So it is thought that he was martyred in the same persecution as St Laurence, but there is no evidence that the two were connected. He has been refered to as Romanus Ostiarius in the past.

 

Saints on South Colonnade
Braccio Carlo Magno Entrance
Alexander VII Coat of Arms

99. Romanus

98. Stephen

97. Laurence

Saints on South Colonnade
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100. Eusebius

99. Romanus

98. Stephen

 

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

 

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