Catholic Encyclopedia – Maximilian of Antioch


A soldier, martyred at Antioch, January 353, with Bonosus, a fellow soldier, of the Herculean cohort; they were standard-bearers, and refused to remove the chrismon (monogram of Christ) from the standard, as had been ordered by Julian the Apostate. Count Julian, uncle of the emperor, commanded them to replace the chrismon with images of idols, and, upon their refusal, had them tortured and beheaded. The Roman martyrology and most other calendars mention them on 21 August, while in a few martyrologies and in the heading which is prefixed to their Acts, 21 September is designated as the day of their martyrdom. Both dates are wrong, as is evident from the Acts of the two martyrs, which represent Count Julian as infected with an ugly disease, contracted at the martyrdom of Saint Theodoret 23 October 362.

MLA Citation

  • Michael Ott. “Maximilian of Antioch”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 August 2014. Web. 17 January 2019. <>