12 May – Saints Nereus and Achilleus

Modern Hagiography

Roman Martyrology

Sanctorale Catholicum

Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler – Saints Nereus and Achilleus & Saint Flavia Domitilla.

Lives of the Saints by Sabine Baring-Gould.

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger.

Medieval Hagiography

BHL, Supplement

Pope Damasus’s Epitaph

“Nereus and Achilleus the martyrs joined the army and carried out the cruel orders of the tyrant, obeying his will continually out of fear. Then came a miracle of faith. They suddenly gave up their savagery, they were converted, they fled the camp of their evil leader, throwing away their shields, armor, and bloody spears. Professing the faith of Christ, they are happy to witness to its triumph. From these words of Damasus understand what great deeds can be brought about by Christ’s glory.” (quoted many places, searching for the source)

The Golden Legend (and illustrations)

Art & Architecture

Vatican Colonnade – Nereus & Achilleus

The church of Santi Nereo e Achilleo in Rome

15th Century French Manuscript Page

Rubens, Saint Domitilla with Saints Nereus and Achilleus


Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

Post-Biblical Saints Art Index

Sacred and Legendary Art volume II by Mrs. Jameson.

A Handbook of Christian Symbols and Stories of the Saints as Illustrated in Art by Clara Erskine Clement.

Saints and their Symbols: A Companion in the Churches and Picture Galleries of Europe by E. A. Greene.

The Saints in Art by Joseph Maria von Radowitz.

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