New Catholic Dictionary – Saints Cosmas and Damian

detail from the painting of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian transplanting a leg with the help of angels, Württembergisches Landesmuseum,  Stuttgart, Germany; photographed by Andreas Praefcke in 2006; swiped off the Wikipedia web siteArticle

Martyrs, born Arabia; died Ægea (now Ayass), Cilicia, c.303. They were twin brothers, physicians, and practised at Ægea; they accepted no money from the poor, and, being Christians, their good example brought many to the Faith. Arrested in the persecution of Diocletian, they were subjected to torture, but remained unharmed, and were finally beheaded. Their three brothers, Anthimus, Leontius, and Euprepius were martyred with them; numerous myths and legends grew up around them. Patrons of physicians, surgeons, druggists, and barbers. They are mentioned in the Canon of the Mass and the Litany of the Saints. Emblem: a phial. Relics at Cyrus in Syria. Feast, Roman Calendar, 27 September.

MLA Citation

  • “Saints Cosmas and Damian”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 September 2012. Web. 9 August 2020. <>