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Forty Martyrs of Sebaste
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These martyrs (3rd cent. CE) were Roman soldiers who belonged to the Legio XII Fulminata, which found itself settled in Malatya/Melitene (Mart. Hier. 9). As the garrison was sent to Sebaste (Lesser Armenia), during the time of the persecutions by Licinius, an imperial edict ordered that the entire army should perform sacrifices to the gods, an action that 40 soldiers from this legion refused to carry out. For this reason they were imprisoned …

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Mateo Donet, M. Amparo, “Forty Martyrs of Sebaste”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 September 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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