Saint Artemius Megalomartyr

detail of a fresco of Saint Mercury and Saint Artemia, by Manuel Panselin, c.1300, Mount Athos, Greece; swiped off Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Artemios of Antioch
  • Artemois the Greatmartyr
  • Arthemis
  • Challita
  • Shallita



Noted soldier and military leader under Emperor Constantine the Great. Imperial prefect (viceroy) of Egypt and Duke of Alexandria, appointed by Emperor Constantius; he used his position to spread the faith. During the reign of Julian the Apostate, Artemius became a fanatical Arian heretic, hunting and persecuting monks, nuns and bishops, including Saint Athanasius. However, through prayer and the horror of the persecutions, Artemius converted to orthodox Christianity, supported the faith, and turned on pagans, including Julian. He was accused by heathens of destroying idols, arrested, taken to Antioch, tortured and martyred.




O victorious Artemios, thou wast a noble athlete. Now like a shining lamp thy miracles enlighten the world for the salvation of our souls. – Troparion, Tone 5

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Artemius Megalomartyr“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 April 2021. Web. 20 October 2021. <>