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Feastday: February 7

Patron of soldiers

Death: 319


Roman general and martyr. Surnamed Stratelates , he supposedly served in the army of Emperor Licinius Licinianus (r. 308-324) until the decision by that ruler to end the toleration of Christians in the lands under his rule. At the command of the emperor, he was tortured and either beheaded or crucified. Theodore is much venerated by the Orthodox Greek Church. Lie is also called Theodore of Heraclea.


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