Tomb of St. Aurea of Ostia Near Discovery?

November 21, 2014  (Source:

Originally reported on November 20

Ostia Antica, the famous Roman port that served the city of Rome from the days of the Republic through Imperial times, is noted for its remarkably preserved ancient buildings, frescoes and mosaics. Located near Rome, its ruins lie near the modern suburb of Ostia, a popular destination for tourists and teams of excavating archaeologists for years. During its heyday it skirted the banks of the Tiber river, but silting over centuries of time has placed the site 3 kilometres (2 miles) from the sea. Many of its ancient structures, however, remain extraordinarily intact, almost as if to imply that nothing has changed.

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NFTU: St. Aurea of Ostia was an early martyr who suffered in the 3rd century. There are various acts and accounts of her life, which differ in details, but, they all generally agree on a number of point, so much so, that even ‘critical’ (modernist) scholars admit she was in fact a martyr and a real person.  Agnes Dunbar in her “Dictionary of Saintly Women”, written around 1904 (which, if the author here is not mistaken, Fr. James Thornton used as a source for his excellent book, “Pious Kings and Right-Believing Queens“), states the following of the patron saint of Ostia:

“Aurea appears to have been one of those women who, during the persecutions, used to visit the Christians in prison, and in every possible way minister to the needs of the suffering followers of Christ. She accompanied St. Maximus, a Christian priest, and his deacon Archelaus when they went to visit the prefect Censurinus, who was imprisoned at Ostia. While they were all praying together and singing hymns, the fetters of the prisoner were suddenly unloosed. See this miracle, the guards were converted. Seventeen of them were baptized by St. Maximus. St. Aurea was godmother. Soon afterwards St. Cyriacus, the bishop, confirmed them in the Faith. The new converts led a holy life, after the rule of the early Church, and many miracles were done by them. When the Emperor heard that they had raised the dead to life, he said they were using magical arts, and had them all apprehended and commanded to sacrifice to the gods. Cruel tortures were used to compel them to do so; and at last they were led to the arch that stood in front of the theatre, and there beheaded. The Christians buried them, and raised a monument at Ostia to their memory. This story agrees with secular history wherever the comparison can be made. Stilting thinks this is the true story of the St. Aurea who in other fictitious Acts is said to have been thrown into the sea.” (A Dictionary of Saintly Women, Volume 1, pg. 92)