Erastus, Olympus, Rhodion, Sosipater, Quartus and Tertius (Menologion of Basil II)
Bishop of Iconium
Apostle of the Seventy
Born1st century
Died1st century
Iconium, Galatia, Roman Empire
Venerated inEastern Orthodox Church
Roman Catholic Church
FeastJune 21 (Orthodoxy)
October 30 (both)
November 10 (both)

According to the New Testament book of Romans, Tertius of Iconium (Greek: Τέρτιος Ίκονιού) acted as an amanuensis for Paul the Apostle, writing down his Epistle to the Romans.[1]

Christian tradition

He is numbered among the Seventy Disciples in a list pseudonymously attributed to Hippolytus of Rome,[2] which is found in the margin of several ancient manuscripts.[3]

According to tradition, Tertius was Bishop in Iconium[4][5] after the Apostle Sosipater[6] and died a martyr.[citation needed] The Catholic Church marks St. Tertius days on October 30 and November 10.


Troparion (Tone 3) [1]

Holy Apostles, Erastus, Olympas, Herodian, Sosipater, Quartus and Tertius,
entreat the merciful God,
to grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.

Kontakion (Tone 2)

Illumined by divine light, O holy apostles,
you wisely destroyed the works of idolatry.
When you caught all the pagans you brought them to the Master
and taught them to glorify the Trinity.



  1. ^ Romans 16:22
  2. ^ On the Seventy Apostles of Christ
  3. ^ According to a list of the seventy contained in several ancient manuscripts. See Townsend, George (1825). The New Testament, Vol. 1. London. p. 310.
  4. ^ Mounce, Robert H. (1995). The New American Commentary:Romans. Vol. 27 (NIV ed.). Broadman & Holman Publishers. pp. 281 (fn. 77). ISBN 978-08054-0127-1.
  5. ^ Fitzmyer, Joseph A. (1993). Romans: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. New York, London, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland: Doubleday. p. 749. ISBN 0-385-23317-5.
  6. ^ Hastings, James (1911). A Dictionary of the Bible. Vol. 2. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. p. 444. ((cite book)): |work= ignored (help)