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Marciana of Mauretania

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Saint Marciana
The Martyrdom of Saint Marciana. 15th century French manuscript.
Died 303, Caesarea, Mauretania Caesariensis
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Feast January 9
Attributes represented as a maiden gored by a bull; sometimes depicted with a leopard and bull near her; martyr's palm
Patronage invoked to cure wounds[1]

Marciana (death 303) is venerated as a martyr and saint. Her legend states that she was a virgin from Mauretania Caesariensis. During the persecutions of Christians by Roman Emperor Diocletian, she was accused of having smashed a statue of Diana. Marciana was thrown to the wild beasts in the amphitheatre of Caesarea. She was gored to death by a bull and mauled by a leopard.[2]


The Mozarabic office had a special hymn in her honor.[1]


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