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THE LEGEND OF ST. ANASTASIA


The legend speaks of a Roman woman, the wife of a patrician, who was held under house arrest because of her wish to remain a virgin.


The legend speaks of a Roman woman, the wife of a patrician, who was held under house arrest because of her wish to remain a virgin. After her husband's death she moved to Aquila in the company of St. Grisogno, where she witnessed his martyrdom. According to legend she was tortured in the time of Diocletian's exile. She was burnt at the stake. The relics transferred to Constantinople in the fifth century, were obtained by Donatus, the Bishop of Zadar in 804 A.D. from the Emperor Niceforos as a token of reconciliation between Byzantine and Zadar. They were transferred to Zadar in a stone sarcophagus to St. Peter's Church, which, since that time, carries the name of St. Anastasia's Church.