St. Macrobius

S. Macrobio
He was martyr, together with Julian, under the Empire of Licinius, coregent in the West from 308 to 313, when he ceded the role to Constantine. According to the sources, however, the two did not even know each other and lived in different places. Macrobius was Cappadocian, resident of the namesake region in the north of Turkey. Arrested with another man named Gordian from Paphlagonia, he was transferred to Tomis – today Constanța – on the northern shore of the Black Sea. Brought to judgment with other Christians, he was then burnt alive. Julian, on the other hand, was from Galatia – another region in the north of Turkey – a region named after a group of Gauls who descended the river Rhine. This Julian, who is not to be confused with the Spire 75’s Julian, escaped the prosecution with other companions finding refuge in some mountain caves. He was chased by the pagan priests to be converted but, once found, he refused to forswear and died under torture. Although the two martyrs did not share their lives, in the Roman Martyrology are commemorated in an unique eulogy on the 13th September, whereas in the byzantine Synaxariums (the oriental name for the Latin Martyrologies) are remembered on the same date, but in two separate eulogies. In the Martyrologium Hieronymianum Macrobius is commemorated on the 15th September, while in Tomis and Isaccea (Romania) is celebrated on the 17th September. Macrobius is a Greek name meaning “of long life”. More known than the saint was the scholar and Roman official Macrobius Ambrosius Theodosius (390 ca – 430 ca), who applied himself to literary criticism, grammar, astronomy, climatology and philosophy. His works used to be considered extremely important during the Middle Ages.