Officer in the Roman legion. Convert. In his zeal as a new convert, he tore up the Valerian‘s imperial orders to persecute Christians, then smashed idols being carried in pagan procession. Tortured and martyred.
His story was well known to the ancients who built several churches with his name, including a huge one in Constantinople in which it was customary to swear legal oaths. His Acts were widely read, and formed the basis for theatrical tragedy.
- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Lives of the Saints, by Father Alban Butler
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
- “Saint Polyeuctus of Melitene“. Saints.SQPN.com. 12 February 2013. Web. 20 June 2013. <>