ANASTASIUS (Saint) Martyr (January 22) (7th century) A Persian monk who suffered agonies from the most savage and prolonged torture, and was finally beheaded because of his religion by Cnosroas, King of Persia (A.D. 628). His head was brought to Rome and deposited in a church dedicated to him and Saint Vincent, the Spanish Martyr. Hence, the great veneration in which he is held in the West. In the Acts of the Seventh Oecumenical Council (A.D. 786), the Acts of Saint Anastasius are mentioned. They are believed to be the composition of a fellow monk of his who followed him into Persia. With Saint Anastasius seventy other Christians are said to have been put to death.