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Barbara is alleged to have been killed in the persecution of Maximian (c303), but her existence is doubtful. Her Greek Acts were written in the 7th century and there is no trace of an ancient cult. The first known representation is an 8th century fresco at S. Maria Antiqua, Rome. Her symbol is a tower, representing the place where she was imprisoned by her by her father (ODS, 41).
Territory or Ethnicity (broad)
Belongs to the group Barbara (ns) (certain)
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Day of Year
Suppressed in the Roman Calendar of 1969.
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See: Barbara (ns)