Book of Saints – Martyrs of Nicomedia – 18 March


(March 18) (4th century) Nicomedia on the Hellespont, the residence of the Emperor Diocletian, had a large Christian population. It was there he initiated his fierce persecution. The number of Martyrs at that place is variously estimated from ten thousand to twenty-three thousand. They were for the most part put to death in the first years of the fourth century, though from other entries in the Martyrology it may be reasonably inferred that the commemoration of March 13 refers specially to those who under went capital punishment previously to A.D. 300. Again, among the Martyrs are rightly reckoned Christians, victims in massacres carried out by the Pagan multitude irrespectively of the Imperial Law. Such massacres were encouraged or at least tolerated by the authorities.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Martyrs of Nicomedia”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 November 2014. Web. 17 January 2019. <>