Antipas of Pergamum
Antipas being martyred
DiedAD 68 or 92
Pergamon, Asia Minor[1]
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast11 April[2]
Patronageagainst toothache[3]

According to Eastern Orthodox traditions, according to the Commentary on the Apocalypse of Andreas of Caesarea, it is believed that Saint Antipas was the Antipas referred to in Revelation 2:13, as the verse says: "I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth." According to Christian tradition, John the Apostle ordained Antipas as bishop of Pergamon during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero. The traditional accounts go on to say Antipas was martyred during the reign of Nero (54-68)[1] or Domitian,[4] by burning in a brazen bull-shaped altar for casting out demons worshipped by the local population.

There is a tradition of holy oil ("manna of the saints") being secreted from the relics of Saint Antipas.[4]

Saint Antipas is invoked for relief from toothache, and diseases of the teeth. On the calendars of Eastern Christianity, the feast day of Antipas is April 11.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Hieromartyr Antipas, Bishop of Pergamum and Disciple of Saint John the Theologian". Retrieved 2022-12-27.
  2. ^ "St Antipas of Pergamon". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  3. ^ James, M. R. (1898). "Antipas". In James Hastings (ed.). A Dictionary of the Bible. Vol. I. p. 107. According to one form of his Acts (quoted by the Bollandists from a Synoxarion), he prayed that those suffering from toothache might be relieved at his tomb.
  4. ^ a b "CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Oil of Saints". Retrieved 2022-12-27.