Ten thousand martyrs
The ten thousand martyrs of Mount Ararat were, according to a medieval legend, Roman soldiers who, led by Saint Acacius, converted to Christianity and were crucified on Mount Ararat in Armenia by order of the Roman emperor. The story is attributed to the ninth century scholar Anastasius Bibliothecarius.
Despite its questionable veracity, the event was extremely popular in Renaissance art, as seen for example in the painting 10,000 martyrs of Mount Ararat by the Venetian artist Vittore Carpaccio, or in the Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand by the German artist Albrecht Dürer.
- "At Nicomedia, ten thousand holy martyrs, who were put to the sword for the confession of Christ." Similarly, there is also a reference in the Greek Synaxarion for March 18th, for the "Myriads of Holy Martyrs, by the sword, at Nicomedia".
- "On Mt. Ararat, the martyrdom of ten thousand holy martyrs, who were crucified."