Saints Krajon And Amun

SAINTS KRAJON AND AMUN

A martyrs in fourth-century Egypt (feast day: 25 Abib). Some fragments of the original Passion have survived in Bohairic in the Coptic Museum, Cairo, and the University Library, Leipzig (Evelyn-White, 1926, pp. 105-113). The text belongs to the Cycle of ARIANUS (see CYCLES) and seems to be of the seventh to eighth century, inspired by the more highly fictionalized style of this later period.

According to the summary of their Passion in the Copto-Arabic SYNAXARION, it had a twofold focus: their martyrdom at SCETIS and the translation of their remains to Alexandria. The remaining text fragments explain that Krajon and Amun are two thieves who are friends; they are converted and become monks at Scetis. Krajon then goes to Pshati (Nikiou) and meets the emperor. After a missing section, we find Amun in dispute with the prefect Arianus at Antinoopolis. Arianus sends him to the prefect Culcianus in Alexandria, where he meets many holy confessors in prison.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Baumeister, T. Martyr Invictus. Der Märtyrer als Sinnbild der Erlösung in der Legende und im Kult der frühen koptischen Kirche. Münster, 1972.
  • Evelyn-White, H. G. New Coptic Texts from the Monastery of Saint Macarius. New York, 1926.

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