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A Dictionary of Early Christian Biography

Dionysia (1), Virgin Martyr at Lampsacus


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Dionysia (1) , virgin martyr at Lampsacus, a.d. 250. Seeing Nicomachus suddenly seized with madness and dying in horror, after having denied the faith under torture, and sacrificed to the heathen gods, Dionysia cried out, "Miserable and most wretched man! Why, for one hour's respite, didst thou take to thyself unceasing and indescribable punishment!" The proconsul Optimus hearing her, asked if she were a Christian. "Yes," she answered, "and that is why I weep for this unhappy man, who loses eternal rest by not being able to suffer a moment's pain." The proconsul dismissed her with a brutal order. Next day, having succeeded in maintaining her chastity, she escaped, and joined Andrew and Paul, two Christians who were being stoned to death. "I wish to die with you here," she said, "that I may live with you in heaven!" Optimus ordered her to be taken from Andrew and Paul, and beheaded, May 15, 250, the 2nd year of Decius. Ruinart, Act. Sinc. Mart. p. 159; Ceillier, ii. 118.

[W.M.S.]


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Wace, Henry. Entry for 'Dionysia (1), Virgin Martyr at Lampsacus'. A Dictionary of Early Christian Biography. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hwd/d/dionysia-1-virgin-martyr-at-lampsacus.html. 1911.

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