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Sebastian, Saint
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I. Church History

According to Ambrose, Sebastian came from Milan and was martyred in Rome (Expositio psalmi CXVIII 20.44; CSEL 62, 466). His legendary Passio (PL 17, 1021–1058) says he came from Narbonne and was an officer in the Praetorian Guard; he was denounced underDiocletian for encouraging Christian martyrs and shot by archers at the emperor’s command, so that the arrows transfixed him “like a hedgehog.” Sebastian survived his wounds but was finally clubbed to d…

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Kühne, Hartmut and Imorde, Joseph, “Sebastian, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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