ST. ABRAAMIUS, BISHOP OF ARBELA, M.
THIS city, after the fall of Ninive, was long the
capital of Adiabene, in Assyria, and was one bishopric with Hazza,
anciently called Adiab. Arbela, now called Irbil, was famous for the
victory of Alexander; but received far greater lustre from the
martyrdom of St. Abraamius, its bishop, who sealed his faith with his
blood, after having suffered horrible torments, which were inflicted
by order of an arch magian, in the fifth year of king Sapor’s
persecution, that is, of Christ 348. See Sozomen,1. 2, c. 12 and the
Greek Menæa and Synaxary.