MARTYRED at Cæsarea, in Cappadocra, was a
centurion in the army, but retired to the deserts when the
persecution was first raised by Dioclesian. The desire of shedding
his blood for Christ made him quit his solitude, while the people of
that city were assembled in the Circus* to solemnize public games in
honor of Mars. His attenuated body, long beard and hair and ragged
clothes, drew on him the eyes of the whole assembly; yet, with this
strange garb and mien, the graceful air of majesty that appeared in
his countenance commanded veneration. Being examined by the governor,
an loudly confessing his faith, he was condemned to be beheaded.
Having Sortified himself by the sign of the cross,1 he joyfully
received the deadly blow. St. Basil, on this festival, pronounced his
panegyric at Cæsarea, in which he says, several of his audience
had been eye-witnesses of the martyr’s triumph. Hom. 17, t. 1.