Eustratius, a Christian
of Arabraca (Aranzona), Armenia, was arrested and imprisoned for his faith
together with his servant Eugenius during the persecution
under the Roman emperor Diocletian. He is said to have defended his beliefs before one Roman judge by citing texts from Plato and Greco-Roman poets. Eustratius' fortitude
in enduring brutal tortures including a public scourging without denying his Christianity
inspired a soldier named Orestes to become a Christian. Orestes in turn was likewise tortured. In the end, Eustratius was put to death in a furnace, while Orestes was burnt to death on an iron plate. Eustratius' servant Eugenius, and Eustratius' two friends, Mardarius and the priest
Auxentius, who had pleaded in Eustratius' defense, were also tortured and put to death for being Christians. The relics
of these five martyrs were later transferred to Rome, where they now rest in the churches of San Apollinare and Santa Maria in Via Lata.