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Feastday: August 22
Death: 257

Bishop and martyr with Anthusa the elder, Charisius, and Neophytus. Athanasius was the bishop of Tarsus in Cilicia. Anthusa was a noble from Seleucia. Charisius and Neophytus were slaves of Anthusa. They were caught up in the persecution of Emperor Valerian. Athanasius and the two male slaves were martyred. Anthusa appears to have survived for twenty-three years.


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