Saint Theodore Stratelates

19th century engraving of Saint Theodore Stratelates by R Stang; swiped from WellCome ImagesAlso known as

  • Theodore the General
  • Theodore Tyro
  • Theodore the Recruit
  • Theodore Tiro
  • Theodor Tiro of Euchaïta
  • Theodore of Amasea
  • Theodore Teron
  • Theodorus of Heraclea



Roman general (stratelates) and covert Christian during a time of persecution. Exposed as a Christian, a military tribunal decided he was a good soldier who had made a mistake, told him to reconsider, and set him free; he promptly burned down a pagan temple. Arrested again, he was ordered to apostatize, then tortured by having his flesh torn off; he responded by reciting the Psalms. Martyr.

Saint Theodore Tyro is almost certainly the same person as Theodore Statelates. The Tyro story describes the soldier as a recruit, the feast day is 9 November, and the region is slightly different, but the story is the same.





Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Theodore Stratelates“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 October 2021. Web. 21 January 2022. <>