St. Florian: The Iconography

In Lorch, in Noricum Ripense [specifically, in Baden-Württemberg], St. Florian. During the reign of the Emperor Diocletian, at the command of the Prefect Aquilinus, a stone collar was tied onto him and he was thrown into the river Enns. – Roman Martyrology for May 4

St. Florian is said to have been a Roman veteran who was condemned to death by drowning (with a great  stone tied to his neck) in the River Enns. One legend says he was able to extinguish the fire in an entire city using one bucket of water, as represented in the statue at left, where he is shown in armor of a style contemporary with the statue.

Prepared in 2014 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University. Revised 2017-05-15.

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  • Feast day: May 4

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