The Martyrs Agathonikes, Zotikos, Theoprepios (in Slavonic: Bogolep), Akyndinos, Severian, Zinon and others
Commemorated on August 22
Agathonikes, Zotikos, Theoprepios (in Slavonic: Bogolep), Akyndinos, Severian,
Zinon and others accepted death for Christ during the reign of the emperor
Maximian (284-305). The Martyr Agathonikes was descended from the illustrious
lineage of the Hypasians, and he lived at Nicomedia. Having become well versed
in Holy Scripture, he converted many pagans to Christ, in which number was also
the most eminent member of the Senate (its "princeps" or leader).
Comitus Evtolmius was sent to the Pontine (lower Black Sea) region, where he
crucified the followers of the Christian Zotikos, all who had refused to offer
sacrifice to idols, but Zotikos himself he took with him. In Nicomedia Evtolmius
arrested the Martyr Agathonikes (together with the princeps), and also
Theoprepios, Akyndinos and Severian. After tortures, Evtolmius ordered that the
martyrs be taken to Thrace for trial by the emperor. But along the way, in the
vicinity of Potama, he put to death the Martyrs Zotikos, Theoprepios and
Akyndinos ‑- who were unable to proceed further behind the chariot of the
governor because of wounds received during the time of torture. The Martyr
Severian was put to death at Chalcedon, and the Martyr Agathonikes together with
others was beheaded with the sword by order of the emperor, in Selymbria.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.