Italy · Religion

The martyrdom of St. Telemachus and the last gladiator match 

January 1, 404

Rome, Italy 

The last gladiator match is held

Telemachus, a Christian monk, halted a gladiator match. The crowd became furious and stoned the monk to death (an alternate story claims a gladiator killed him), but the Christian Emperor Honorius, moved by the monk’s sacrifice, ended all gladiator matches from that time forward. Telemachus was venerated as a saint and, because no one is certain of the exact date he was martyred but the last gladiator fight is recorded as January 1, 404, that date is typically associated with Saint Telemachus’ martyrdom.

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