Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Maruthas

detail from a miniature of the Menology of Basil II, c.985, artist unknown; Vatican Library, Rome, Italy; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Bishop of Tagrit or Maypherkat in Mesopotamia, friend of Saint John Chrysostom, died before 420. Feast, 4 December. He is honoured by the Latins, Greeks, Copts, and Syrians. He brought into his episcopal city the relics of so many martyrs that it received the name Martyropolis. In the interests of the Church of Persia, which had suffered much in the persecution of Sapor II, he came to Constantinople, but found Emperor Arcadius too busily engaged in the affairs of Saint John Chrysostom. Later Maruthas was sent by Theodosius II to the Court of Persia, and here, in spite of the jealousy and intrigues of the Magi, he won the esteem of King Yezdigerd by his affability, saintly life, and, as is claimed, by his knowledge of medicine. He was present at the general Council of Constantinople in 381 and at a Council of Antioch in 383 (or 390), at which the Messalians were condemned. For the benefit of the Persian Church he is said to have held two synods at Ctesiphon. He must not be confounded with Maruthas (Maruta), Monophysite Bishop of Tagrit (died 649).

His writings include: (1) “Acts of the Persian Martyrs”, found partly in Assemani, “Acta SS. mart. orient. et occident.”, I (Rome, 1748), and more completely in Bedpan, ibid, II (Paris, 1891), 37-396. W. Wright’s English translation was printed in “Journal of Sacred Literature” (Oct., 1865-Jan., 1866). Zingerle published it in German (Innsbruck, 1836). A school edition was made by Leitzmann, “Die drei √§ltesten Martyrologien” (Bonn, 1903). See Achelis, “Die Martyrologien” (Berlin, 1900), 30-71. (2) “History of the Council of Nicaea”, on which see Braun in “Kirchengeschichtliche Studien”, IV, 3, and Harnack’s “Ketzerkatalog des Bischofs Maruta” in “Texte u. Untersuchungen”, XIX, 1, b. (3) “Acts of the Council of Seleucia-Ctesiphon”, edited in Syriac and Latin by Lamy (Louvain, 1869), on which see Hefele, “Conciliengeschichte”, II, 102. He also wrote hymns on the Holy Eucharist, on the Cross, and on saints.

MLA Citation

  • Francis Merschman. “Saint Maruthas”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 November 2018. Web. 18 February 2020. <>