Baring-Gould’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Tryphonia, Widow, Martyr, 3rd century


The Acts say that Decius the Emperor and Valerian the Prefect, when condemning Saints Lawremce and Hippolytus, were possessed with devils. Valerian gave a great howl, and died on the spot; but Decius lingered on three days. This so moved Tryphonia, his wife, that she was baptized along with her daughter Cyrilla, and died next day. The Roman Martyrology does not insert the whole of this nonsense, but confines itself to this statement: “At Rome, Saint Tryphonia, wife of Decius Caesar, who was buried in the crypt of Saint Hippolytus.” The wife of Decius, however, was Herennia Cupressenia Etruscilla.

The relics of this saint were translated by Pope Paul I.

MLA Citation

  • Sabine Baring-Gould. “Saint Tryphonia, Widow, Martyr, 3rd century”. Lives of the Saints, 1872. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 October 2013. Web. {today’s date}. <>