Zenobius of Florence

(d. c. 390)

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(d. c.390),

bishop. Not much is known about this patron of Florence, much depicted by early Renaissance painters. It seems that he was a member of the Geronimo family and became archdeacon of the town. His learning and piety won the attention of Ambrose, who recommended him to Pope Damasus. Zenobius served him first at Rome, then on a mission to Constantinople. On his return he became bishop of Florence, where his preaching, miracles, and austere life were notable. His 11th-century Life claims that he raised from the dead no fewer than five people including a child run over by a cart while playing in front of the Duomo. Zenobius is said to have lived until the age of eighty and to have been buried at San Lorenzo before being translated to the cathedral. Feast: 25 May.

He is mentioned in Paulinus' Life of Ambrose, ch. 50 (c.415) and his Lives are in AA.SS. Maii VI (1688), 49–69; see also Bibl. SS., xii. 1467–70.

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