Martyrs of Durres

Also known as

  • Martyrs of Dyrrachium
  • Martyrs of Durazzo



A group of seven Italian Christians who fled Italy to escape the persecutions of emperor Hadrian. Arrived in Dyrrachium, Macedonia to find Saint Astius tied to a cross, covered in honey, laid in the sun, and left to be tortured by biting and stinging insects. When they expressed sympathy for Astius, they were accused of being Christians, arrested, chained, weighted down, taken off shore, and drowned. Martyrs. We know little more about each of them than their names –




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Martyrs of Durres“. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 July 2016. Web. 22 April 2019. <>