Temple Gallery

Established 1959

The Forty Martyrs of Sebasteia - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

Z061. The Forty Martyrs of Sebasteia. 

Inscription: ΤΕΣΣΑ[ΡΑΚΟ]ΝΤΑ (forty Martyrs)

Greek Mainland, 17th century
Panel: 28.8 x 22.3 cm Click here to convert metric size to imperial
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In 320 the Governor of Sebaste in Armenia wished to force forty soldiers to renounce Christ. First he imprisoned them and then he threw them into a frozen pool. They prayed with one heart: ‘We forty have entered an arena, O Lord, grant that we may be able to receive the crown of martyrdom.’.. One of them escaped and renounced Christ, but their guard, a pagan, took his place.

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