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The St. Sisynnios Ethiopian Legend Revisited. A hitherto unknown version from the St Petersburg Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (Eth. 119)

Scrinium: Journal of Patrology and Critical Hagiography. 2019. Vol. 15. No. 1. P. 340-345.

historical traditions. It is known to exist in the Ge’ez language and constitutes a part of
the compilation corpus based upon the so called magic or protective scrolls. There are
two versions of the vita of St. Sisynnios. The shorter one is found in the Synaxarion,
whereas the longer one is included in a corpus of hagiographical compilations “The
Lives of the Martyrs”. The text of the legend comprises various stories based on real facts
from the Saint’s life. However only some of them have been preserved intact; others
have been re-told. Until recently have been discovered only three redactions of the vita.
A new redaction recently discovered by the author of this article is of a paramount
importance since it changes our view on how this legend did exist indeed in the
Ethiopian cultural tradition.