Skip to main content

Sabina of Rome, St.

SABINA OF ROME, ST.

Early Christian martyr and patron of the title church of St. Sabina. Under Pope celestine i (d. 432) the priest Peter of Illyria built a church on the Aventine hill in Rome that in the fifth century was referred to as the titulus Sabinae and became the titulus sanctae Sabinae in the sixth century. A legendary passio, also of the sixth century, describes a Sabina as a widow who together with a Christian Serapia of Antioch (feast: July 29) lived "in the town of the Vendinenses" and was martyred and buried there "ad arcum Faustini." As these locations are unknown to modern archeologists, there is a possibility of a text corruption. However, it is known that the original title of the Roman churches was frequently interpreted by later generations to signify a saint whom the Church honored, instead of the donor or the site of the original church. This confusion was perpetuated in the case of Sabina by the inclusion in the martyrology of st. jerome (475) of a virgin and martyr; thence the notice spread to the Capitulary of Würzburg, the St. Gall Sacramentary of Gelasius, and the Gregorian Sacramentary.

Feast: Aug. 29.

Bibliography: alipio da celleligure, S. Sabina di Samo (Genoa 1971). a. amore, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, ed. j. hofer and k. rahner, 10 v. (2d, new ed. Freiburg 195765) 9:195. Acta Sanctorum (Paris 1863) August 6:496504. Bibliotheca hagiographica latina antiquae ct mediae aetatis, 2 v. (Brussels 18981901; suppl. 1911) 7407. m. d. darsy, Dictionnaire d'archéologie chrétienneet de liturgie, ed. f. cabrol, h. leclercq and h. i. marrou, 15 v. (Paris 190753) 15.1:218238.

[e. hoade]

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Sabina of Rome, St.." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. 15 Oct. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Sabina of Rome, St.." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. (October 15, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/sabina-rome-st

"Sabina of Rome, St.." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . Retrieved October 15, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/sabina-rome-st

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.