Anna
ID:
 
1578
 
Region:
 
Tamim
 
Town:
 
Karka d-Beth Slokh (modern Kirkūk)
 
Religious Titles:
 

Anna was a "daughter of the covenant", meaning that she devoted herself to asceticism at a young age. Daughters and sons of the covenant held a special position in Syriac Christian communities. For more details, see Asceticism in the Church of Syria: The Hermeneutics of Early Syrian Monasticism.

 
Literary Works:
 

Anna's death is preserved in the Persian Martyr Acts. Bedjan has collected these accounts in Acta martyrum et sanctorum. This collection includes accounts of martyrs in the Sasanid Empire spanning from the third to the seventh century.

It was not until the fourth and fifth centuries that intense instances of persecution flared up. All major outbreaks of persecution occurred when the Sasanids and Romans were at war with one another. Sasanid rulers suspected Christians of harboring pro-Roman sympathies. Sasanids did not slay entire communities, instead they targeted community leaders and high-ranking Zoroastrians who had converted to Christianity.

Although many of the Persian Martyr Acts have not been translated into English, there is an attempt to translate and publish all of them in the Persian martyr acts in Syriac : text and translation series.

 
Brief Profile:
 

According to From the Martyrs of Karka d-Beth Slokh, Anna was put to death at the orders of Mobed of Karka. She was martyred in a place called Ḥawra, meaning "White Poplar," along with NULL, NULL, and NULL. A fig tree grew in the place where these women died and was the source of miraculous healing for many years. Eventually, Manichaeans uprooted the fig tree.

From the History of Karka d-Beth Slokh also mentions "daughters of the covenant" who were killed at "White Poplar", although the text identifies the women as being from Seleucia-Ctesiphon rather than Karka d-Beth Slokh. The text also describes the fig tree and its uprooting by Manichaeans, adding that eventually a Martyrium was built where the fig tree stood and that once a year the entire church community processed to the site and took part in communal prayer there.