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The Martyrs of the Coliseum - or Historical Records of the Great Amphitheater of Ancient Rome

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Catalog Code: 9780895551924

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THE MARTYRS OF THE COLISEUM is a history of that famous arena in Rome,


where thousands of early Christians met a cruel and bloody end, but much
more than that, it is also the story of many well-known saints and heroes
of Christ who went willingly to their deaths in testimony of the truth of
the Catholic faith. In fact, it reads like a veritable lives of the early
saints and martyrs. For here are recounted the passion of such notable
martyrs as St. Ignatius of Antioch, St.Prisca, Sts. Chrysanthus and Daria,
Pope St. Stephen, St.Vitus and companions, Sts. Abdon and Sennen (the
Persian kings), St. Eleutherius (the young bishop), St. Alexander,
St. Hippolytus, St. Marinus, St. Martina, and many others.  Designed by a
Christian and built in the first century by the labor of the Jews
enslaved after the fall of Jerusalem, the renowned Roman Coliseum was the
site not only of incredible cruelty but also of equally incredible
miracles and conversions. So sacred is the earth of the Coliseum that on
two occasions sainted popes-St. Gregory the Great and St. Pius V-gave
pilgrims to Rome, as a memento of their visit, soil from the Coliseum
wrapped in cloth, and to the wonder and amazement of the questioning
pilgrims, both times the soil bled! "As long as the Coliseum stands, Rome
will stand; and as long as Rome stands the Church will stand," states a
famous prophecy. Once a person reads the unbelievable testimony of Faith
that was displayed in this arena and during the early Christian era in
Rome, he will be readily able to understand how God might thus choose to
signalize so epochal an event.










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St. Alexander of Rome

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 05/03

    3 May

    Priest in Rome, Italy. Imprisoned, tortured and martyred with Saint Theodulus of Rome and Saint Eventius of Rome.

    burned and beheaded c.113 on the Via Nomentana in Rome, Italy
    relics interred in the Dominican church of Santa Sabina, Rome


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


Sts. Chrysanthus and Daria

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/25

Patron Of: Eissel, Germany, Salzburg, Austria

    25 October

    Married couple. Zealous and public in his Christianity. Martyred under Numerian and Carinus.

    Not surprisingly, many legends developed around couple of married martyrs, and others were rewritten to use them as their lead characters. Modern scholarship has dismissed all these leaving only two of the thousands of faithful lost in the early days of the Church.


    stoned to death c.283 in a sandpit off the Salarian Way; relics at Münstereifel


    Eissel, Germany
    Salzburg, Austria

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


St. Hippolytus of Rome

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/13

Patron Of: Prison Guards, Prison Officers, Prison Workers, Bibbiena, Italy, Horses

Also known as
    Hippolytus of Porto

    13 August

    Third century Roman soldier assigned to guard Christian prisoners. Converted by them to the faith. Martyred for assisting at the burial of some his martyred charges.

    Due to a clerical error, Hippolytus was inadvertenly listed as two people, Hippolytus of Rome and Hippolytus of Porto, on some calendars. The second entry had the feast day of 22 August. This problem was corrected in the calendar revision of 1969.

    strapped to two wild horses who were then turned loose to drag him to death
    collected body fragments buried along the Via Tiburtina, Rome, Italy

Name Meaning
    loose horse

    Bibbiena, Italy
    prison guards
    prison officers
    prison workers

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


St. Ignatius of Antioch

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/17

Patron Of: Against Throat Diseases, Church in Eastern Mediterranean, Church in North Africa

Also known as

    17 October
    formerly 1 February

    Convert from paganism to Christianity. Succeeded Peter as bishop of Antioch, Syria. Served during persecution of Domitian. During the persecution of Trajan, he was ordered taken to Rome to be killed by wild animals. On the way, a journey which took months, he wrote a series of encouraging letters to the churches under his care. First writer to use the term the Catholic Church. Apostolic Father. Martyr. His name occurs in the "Nobis quoque peccatoribus" in the Canon of the Mass. Legend says he was the infant that Jesus took into his arms in Mark 9.

    c.50 in Syria

    thrown to wild animals c.107 at Rome; relics at Saint Peter's, Rome

    against throat diseases
    Church in eastern Mediterranean
    Church in North Africa

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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