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Feastday: March 22

Death: 362

Martyr for the faith and opponent of Arianism. Basil was a priest of Ancyra, in Galatia. He defended Bishop Marcellus there when the prelate was deposed by the Arians. Basil was then caught up in the persecution of Emperor Julian the Apostate. He was tortured and slain for preaching to the people.

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