Firmilian (Roman governor)

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Firmilian was the Roman governor of the Iudaea Province, during the third Late Roman Period of the Roman rule over the region. He was the third of a succession of governors (Flavian, Urban, and Firmilian) who enforced the Diocletian Persecution at Caesarea, the province's capital, which lasted for twelve years.[1] He is commonly referred as cruel and sadistic[1][2][3][4] for torturing and killing many Christians and being heartless even to his close allies.[3][4] He was beheaded for his crimes, by the emperor Maximinus’s order, as his predecessor Urban had been two years before.[5]


  1. ^ a b Alban Butler (1894). Lives of the Saints: March 5. Benziger Bros.
  2. ^ St. Pamphilus, martyr., June 1
  3. ^ a b Saints Theodulus and Julian, Martyrs
  4. ^ a b Saints of the Day: February 17 — Saint Patrick's Church
  5. ^ Saints Adrian and Eubulus - Lives of the Saints: March 5