The Persians Take Antioch and Cruelly Torture the Christians
Execution of Alexander and Others
Alexander, bishop of Jerusalem, about this time was cast into prison, where he died through the severity of his confinement; or, as some historians say, was burned to death with several other Christians in a furnace.
Serapion, a Christian, was seized at Alexandria. He had his bones broken, and was then thrown from the roof of a high building, and killed by the fall.
Julianus, an old man, lame with the gout; and Cronion, another Christian, were bound on the backs of camels, severely scourged, and then thrown into a fire and consumed. A spectator who seemed to pity them was ordered to be beheaded, as a punishment. Macar, a Libyan Christian, was burned. Horon-Ater and Isodorus, Egyptians, with Dioschorus, a boy of fifteen, after suffering many other torments, met with a similar fate; and Nemesion, another Egyptian, was first tried as a thief, but being acquitted, was accused of Christianity Confessing this, he was scourged, tortured, and finally burned. Ischyrian, the Christian servant of an Egyptian nobleman, was run through with a spear by his own master, for refusing to sacrifice to idols. Venatius, a youth of fifteen, was martyred in Italy; and forth virgins, at Antioch, after being imprisoned and scourged, were destroyed by fire.
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