It was accepted as an unquestionable fact by every one who undertook to describe the catacombs, that the Christians of Rome, finding in the labyrinthine mazes of the exhausted arenariae, which abounded in the environs of the city, whence the sand used in building had been extracted, a suitable place for the interment of their martyred brethren, where also the sacred rites accompanying the interment might be celebrated without fear of interruption, took possession of them and used them as cemeteries.
Polycarp was bishop of Smyrna and was martyred there A.D.
Setting aside the exploded tradition that he was martyred along with Polycarp (c. A.D.
He was baptized by Babylas, bishop of Antioch; preached with much success in Lycia; and was martyred about A.D.
His victim's death so impressed him that he was converted, became head of the sect, and was martyred in 690 by Justinian II.
Was martyred by the pagan Heruli in 477.
The parish church of Greenwich, in Church Street, is dedicated to St Alphege, archbishop, who was martyred here by the Danes in 1012.
Fructuosi, a Spanish ecclesiastic, represents the martyred bishop as himself requesting the burial of his relics.
This office of bearing the sacrament is an ancient one, and is mentioned in the legend of Tarcisius, the Roman acolyte, who was martyred on the Appian Way while carrying the Hosts from the catacombs.
He was descended, it is said, from Vettius Epagathus, who was martyred at Lyons in 177 with St Pothinus; his paternal uncle, Gallus, was bishop of Clermont; his maternal grand-uncle, Nicetius (St Nizier), occupied the see of Lyons; and he was a kinsman of Euphronius, bishop of Tours.