AUDAS (ABDAS) (Saint) Bishop Martyr (May 16) (5th century) A Persian Bishop who is said to have set fire to a temple of the god of fire. Ordered to rebuild it at his own expense, he refused to do so. His conduct was made the pretext for a relentless persecution of Christianity. Saint Audas, with seven priests, nine deacons and seven virgins, was among the first victims (A.D. 420). But there are considerable doubts as to the date and particulars of these martyrdoms. The destruction in Persia of Christian property in any way connected with religion was so indiscriminate that all records, if there were any, are lost.