- Peter Apselamus
Peter Abselamus (also known as Peter Absalon, Peter Balsamus, and Peter of Atroa), also called, "the Standard Bearer", was a
He was born near Eleutheropolis.
He is known to have been a martyr. However, there is substantial disagreement regarding the details.
The account in his
Acta Sanctorumindicate that he was tortured and killed at Aulana, near Hebron, and later crucified.
Another account, in
Eusebius of Caesarea's "History of the Martyrs in Palestine", indicates he was burned alive in Caesarea. Louis-Sébastien Le Nain de Tillemonthas stated that two different people are mentioned in the accounts. He stated that Peter Abselamus was crucified at Aulana, and that a different person, Peter Absalon, was burned at Caesarea.
The martyr at Aulana is commemorated as a
saint, with a feast dayof January 3. The martyr at Caesarea's feast day is January 13.
*Holweck, F. G. "A Biographical Dictionary of the Saints". St. Louis, MO: B. Herder Book Co. 1924.
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