Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa, 57 [Vol. 7, 927-8]

[4] Potenciána: Putentiana, whose feast day is 19 May, was supposedly a Roman martyr. She is mentioned in one of the manuscripts of Jerome’s martyrology, but in no early known sources. In early Christian Rome, a senator Pudens existed, on whose land a church was built which was called titulus Pudensis or ecclesia Pudentianae. It seems likely that from this name came the supposition that it was dedicated to a S. Putentiana.


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