Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne



A group of 48 Christians from the areas of Vienne and Lyon, France, who were attacked by a pagan mob, arrested and tried for their faith, and murdered in the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius. A letter describing their fate, possibly written by Saint Irenaeus of Lyons, was sent to the churches in the Middle East.

  • Alexander of Vienne
  • Attalus of Pergamos
  • Biblis of Lyons
  • Blandina the Slave
  • Cominus
  • Maturus the Novice
  • Photinus of Lyons (or Pothinus)
  • Ponticus
  • Sanctius (Sanctus of Vienne)
  • Vettius Epagathus


  • assorted dates and methods during 177


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne“. 12 August 2013. Web. 20 April 2014. <>