(Saints) Martyrs (April 15) (3rd century) The Acts of these Martyrs are included in the various accounts of the Passion of the Martyr Saint Laurence. We are told that the Emperor “Valerian in his unhappy invasion of Persia found various groups of Christians whom as in the West he ruthlessly persecuted. Among the victims were two nobles, Maximus and Olympias by name. Some say that they were beheaded; others that their heads were smashed with crowbars. It is recorded that during the preliminary scourging to which they were subjected they never ceased from chanting Psalms, as they were accustomed to do in church. The better known Persian Saints Abdon and Sennen, it is alleged, recovered and honourably interred their bodies (A.D. 251).
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Maximus and Olympias”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 March 2015. Web. 1 May 2017. <>