DEMETRIUS (DIMITRI) (Saint) Martyr (October 8) (4th century) Born and educated at Thessalonica where he exercised the profession of Rhetor or Public Speaker, he made many converts to Christianity. Some say that he became a high Officer of State and even a Proconsul; but this is hardly probable. Arrested as a Christian and brought before Diocletian’s colleague, Galerius Maximianus, he appears to have been stabbed to death without the formality attending a legal execution. This was in one of the first years of the fourth century. His relics are in great veneration in the East, and a magnificent Basilica was soon after his martyrdom erected over his tomb at Thessalonica. The Greek Emperor Michael IV obtained a notable victory over the Bulgarians through his intercession. On account of the many miracles that have taken place at his shrine Saint Demetrius has always been in great honour in the East, and his name is frequently given in Baptism to children. His Feast is there kept on October 26. The Acts of Saint Demetrius as published by Surius are manifestly interpolated and cannot be relied upon for details.