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Sebastian, Saint

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Author(s): Kühne, Hartmut | Imorde, Joseph
[German Version] 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 death in the hippodrome on the Palati…