“The Martyrdom of St. Basil the Priest,” Translated from an Anonymous Greek Text, with an Introduction
Appeared in Spring 2004, Vol. XXIX, No. 1
“The Martyrdom of St. Basil the Priest” presents the priest-martyr Basil, a true priest of Christ trying to save the little flock that he could assemble in the “cruel times that have fallen” in mid-fourth century Ancyra. This flock was assembled from those who would hear him as he went about the city of Ancyra and engaged in controversy with heretic and pagan alike. He seems to have been a native of the city of Ancyra, the metropolis of Galatia Prima, a prosperous city that lay along the east-west trade route. It was as Julian the Apostate was heading to Antioch of Syria in the early summer of 362 that St. Basil had the final confrontation that led to his martyrdom.
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