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Bust reliquary of St. Pantalus, from the Basel cathedral treasure , now in the Basel Historical Museum

Pantalus († allegedly 304 or around 452) was the legendary first bishop of Basel , a martyr . He allegedly lived around 300 or the 5th century . Its name comes from the Greek, where Pantaleon means "just like a lion". He was one of the patrons of the diocese of Basel and is depicted as a bishop with a book and a palm.

Pantalus was brought into connection with St. Ursula in 1157 when his mortuary tablet was found in Cologne with a reference to a martyr's death. According to the resulting legend, he joined the procession of Ursula with her virgins, and on the return journey from Rome to Cologne he was also killed there by the Huns . The name is probably a corruption of Pantaleon, one of the main saints of Cologne.

The Catholic feast day of Pantalus is October 12th or 13th .


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