Saint Besamon


A martyr of the Basilidian CYCLE. Of his Passion there is only one Sahidic fragment left, which can be set at the beginning of the work (Till, 1935, pp. 42-48). The text begins with the advice to DIOCLETIAN to begin the persecution. The advice is accepted and Diocletian proclaims his famous edict.

A boy named Besamon, son of the general BASILIDES, comes in and, ripping his clothes off, goes to the emperor to reproach him and to confess himself a faithful Christian. The text ends here. It is odd that Besamon is not mentioned in the other Passions belonging to the same Basilidian cycle.


  • Till, W. C. Koptische Heiligen- und Martyrerlegenden, Vol. 1.
  • Orientalia Christiana Analecta 102. Rome, 1935.


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