St Menas

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(c.3rd–4th cent.),

Egyptian martyr. He was probably born and martyred in Egypt, but his story was apparently fused with that of a soldier executed in Phrygia under Diocletian, possibly another Menas, possibly St Gordian. His reputed birthplace, SW of Lake Mareotis, became a pilgrimage centre. Feast day, 11 Nov.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Christianity.

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