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Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73).  Volume II: February.
The Lives of the Saints.  1866.
 
February 27
SS. Julian, Chronion, and Besas, Martyrs
 
WHEN the persecution of Decius filled the city of Alexandria with dread and terror, many, especially among the nobles, the rich, and those who held any places in the state, sacrificed to idols, but pale and trembling, so as to show they had neither courage to die, nor heart to sacrifice. Several generous soldiers repaired the scandal given by these cowards. Julian who was grievously afflicted with the gout, and one of his servants, called Chronion, were set on the backs of camels, and cruelly scourged through the whole city, and at length were consumed by fire. Besas, a soldier, was beheaded. See St. Dionysius of Alex, in Eusebius, l. 6. c. 41. ed Val.  1
 
 
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