Martyrs of Isfahan

detail of an Italian holy card of the Martyrs of Isfahan, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial


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 antiPersian. 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.




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  • “Martyrs of Isfahan“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 June 2018. Web. 18 January 2021. <>