SS. PELEUS, PA-TERMUTHES, AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS
THE holy confessors who were condemned to the
mines in Palestine, during the course of the last general
persecution, built little oratories, where they met to the divine
service, which under their sufferings was their solid comfort.
Firmilian, governor of Palestine, informed the emperor Galerius of
the liberty they had taken, and the tyrant sent an order that they
should be sent, some to the mines in Cyprus, others to those on mount
Libanus, and others to other places. Firmilian being in the mean time
beheaded himself for his crimes, the officer upon whom the command
was devolved after his disgrace, removed the servants of God to the
new places of their banishment, according to the tenor of the
imperial rescript; but first caused four of their number to be burnt
alive. These were Peleus and Nilus, two Egyptian priests, Elias, also
a priest, and Pa-Termuthes, an Egyptian of singular learning and
reputation. This last was the person to whom Eusebius and St.
Pamphilus addressed their apology for Origen. See Eus. Hist. de
Martyr. Palestinæ, c. 13.