(Saints) Martyrs (December 6) (6th century) African Martyrs (A.D. 505) under the Arian Vandal King Hunneric. Victor of Utica, in his History of the Persecution, gives a graphic account of the fearful ordeal these holy men and women went through. Dionysia, a widow, perished at the stake with her little child and her sister Dativa. AEmilian (or Emilius), a physician, and Tertius, a monk, were flayed alive. The fanatics seem to have amused themselves in devising strange forms of death for the rest of the heroic band.