Martyr. Born in Thumis, Egypt, he became bishop of his native city in the Nile Delta and was renowned for his learning and wisdom. Arrested during the persecution of Emperor Maximinus, he refused to offer sacrifices to the gods and was beheaded by the local governor. With him died Philoromus, a tribune and treasurer at Alexandria, who objected to the cruelties inflicted upon Phileas and a group of Christians. A reliable contemporary account is extant, and Phileas was mentioned by the historian Eusebius of Caesarea.
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