Forty Christian soldiers of the ‘Thundering Legion’ who were martyred at Sebaste in Lesser Armenia, c.320, by being left naked on the ice of a frozen pond, with baths of hot water on the banks as a temptation to apostatize. The place of one who gave way was taken by a heathen soldier of the guard, who was immediately converted. Feast day, in the E., 9 Mar.; in the W., formerly 10 Mar.
Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).