ATHENODORUS (Saint) Martyr (November 11) (4th century) One of the Christian victims immolated during the presidency of Eleusius in Mesopotamia, under the Emperor Diocletian. He survived many tortures, and was bound at last to the stake. But the fire refused to burn; whereupon the executioner was summoned to behead him. However, the man fell dead at the feet of the Martyr, and, no substitute being found, Athenodorus was suffered to die in peace. He passed away while engaged in an ecstasy of prayer, only a few hours later (A.D. 304).