ST. POTAMON, MARTYR
HE was bishop of Heraclea in Egypt. St. Athanasius
says he was doubly a martyr, under the heathens and under the Arians.
When Maximinus Daia, or Daza, persecuted the Christians in 310, he
gloriously confessed the faith, for which one of his eyes was bored
out, and probably the sinews of one ham were cut, as in St.
Paphnutius and others. The marks of his sufferings rendered him
conspicuous in the council of Nice in 325, in which be exerted his
zeal against the Arians. He accompanied and defended St. Athanasius
in the council of Tyre in 335, as was related in the life of that
saint on the 2d of May. When the tyrant Gregory had usurped the
patriarchal chair of St. Athanasius, he, with Philagrius, prefect of
Egypt, an apostate to Arianism under Constantius, travelled over all
Egypt tormenting and banishing the Catholics; and St. Potamon, for
his distinguished zeal, was by their order beaten on his back with
clubs so long as to be left for dead. However, by the help of
medicines, he came to himself, but died shortly after a martyr for
the divinity of the Son of God in 341, as St. Athanasius relates. See
St. Athanasius, Ep. ad. Solit. et Apolog. Rufin. 2, c. 4: St. Epiph.