Acindynus, Pegasius and Anempodistus were Persian priests who were imprisoned, tortured, interrogated and martyred in the persecutions of king Sapor II of Persia; he considered any Christian to be a Roman spy and anti–Persian. The three were brought back to life, miraculously healed, freed from their chains, and began preaching Christianity, miraculously healing Sapor II in the process. This defiance enraged Sapor so much that he ordered them executed again; they were thrown into a cauldron of molten lead, but walked out unharmed. This miracle brought one of the torturers, Aphthonius, to convert; he was immediately martyred. Other attempts were made to kill them, and they emerged each time unharmed. Senator Elpidiphorus led a group speaking in favour of the Christians for their courage and faith; he was immediately executed. In the end the original three Christians were burned to death. Martyrs all.
- c.350 in Isfahan, Persia
- relics transferred to Constantinople and enshrined in a church dedicated to them
- some relics taken to France in 1204 during the 4th Crusade
- relics in France were lost when hidden from anti–Christian forces in the French Revolution
- relics in France re-discovered in 1892 in Grozon
- “Martyrs of Isfahan“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 October 2015. Web. 29 November 2015. <>