ANSANUS (Saint) Martyr (December 1) (4th century) A member of the Roman Patrician family of the Anicii, who, when only twelve years old, secretly asked and received Baptism. His father on discovering that his boy had become a Christian was so enraged that he did not hesitate himself to delate him to the persecuting Emperor Diocletian. Ansanus, however, contrived to escape from Rome, and took refuge at Bagnorea, and afterwards at Siena, where he was instrumental in drawing many Pagans to Christianity. He was at last arrested and condemned to die at the stake. But, by a miracle, he emerged unharmed from the flames and was in fine beheaded (A.D. 303).