from April 14, 2018 hours 09:00 to September 30, 2018 hours 20:00


This event is related to the sections: Exhibitions

Martyred by the Romans, sanctified by the Christians, venerated by the people.

For the first time St Ephysius, maybe the most venerated Saint in Sardinia, will be housed by the National Archaeological Museum in a great exhibition.

Among the fervour of Saint veneration , the wide program to recognize the Festival as an intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO and the birth of a religious pilgrimage, the National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari has decided to give its own contribution bringing back the events at the historical moment of martyrdom in 303 AD, when at the time of the Emperor Diocletian the soldier Ephysius was sent to the Roman Kalares to fight the Christians.


Rejecting the clothes of persecutor, Ephysius, after the vision of a crystal cross traced in his hand, converted to Christianity. He was condemned for that, flogged and finally martyred in Nora, in the area of ​​the current Pula.


At the Museum, Ephysius become Saint, portrayed in the precious eighteenth-century sculpture by the artist A. G. Lonis. He is placed in front of marble statues symbols of the power of Rome, to evoke "ideally" the authors of his martyrdom.


It is an opportunity for the museum to better describe the important, and sometimes even neglected, historical period of Roman Sardinia, begun in 238 BC. at the end of the First Punic war.


The result is expressed with an exhibition that could be defined "emotional" because, for long sections of the exhibition, the storytelling is conducted by Ephysius himself.


Ephysius, so affectionately called by all, is one of us, one who is among the people, one who gave himself for the cause and for his faith.


Ephysius is the only one who can tell us about the Kalares of the time. His eyes and his transport for the beauty of the places that tell us how much he loved looking around the narrow streets of the city, drawn by the sun against the sea.


The story of Ephysius and the detailed studies of the numerous researchers who collaborated in the exhibition will flow in the museum setting among the Neolithic goddesses, the Nuragic bronzes, the Giants of Mont 'e Prama, the Punic stele, the Roman finds, the first traces of Christianity, the Byzantine bas-reliefs of the island of San Macario (Pula), exhibited for the first time at the museum, to finally arrive among the traditional folk costumes and precious relics kept by the Archconfraternity of the Saint.


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  • National Archaeological Museum

    Piazza Arsenale, - c/o Cittadella dei Musei - Cagliari

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