SS. CARPUS, B. OF THYATIRA, IN ASIA MINOR,
PAPYLUS HIS DEACON, AND AGATHODORUS THEIR SERVANT, MM.
IN the persecution of Decius, in 251, they were
apprehended and brought before Valerius, governor of Lesser Asia, who
resided sometimes at Thyatira, sometimes at Sardis. The martyrs
suffered much in dungeons in both those cities, and underwent three
severe examinations; in the third, to intimidate the masters,
Agathodorus was, in their presence, scourged to death with bull’s
sinews. When the proconsul went to Pergamus, which city was the
birthplace both of the bishop and his deacon, the two saints were
dragged thither, and first the bishop, then the deacon, was beaten
with knotty clubs, their sides burnt with torches, and the wounds
rubbed over with salt. Some days after they were laid on iron spikes,
their sides were again torn, and at length both were consumed by the
flames, together with Agathonice, a sister of Papylus. See their
acts, quoted by Eusebius b. 4, c. 15; Tillemont, t. 3, p. 346.