bishop of Reims and martyr. Tenth in the list of bishops of Reims (coming after Severus), Nicasius was faced with victorious barbarians at the gates and even in the streets of his city. Trying to save the lives of his people, he stood at the door of his cathedral, where soldiers cut off his head. With him died a deacon and a lector, together with his sister Eutropia. The barbarians who killed him were more likely the Huns (451) rather than the Vandals (407). Feast: 14 December.
Propylaeum, p. 582; Flodoard, Historia Remensis Ecclesiae in M.G.H., Scriptores rerum merov., xiii. 417–20; B.L.S., xii. 127.