Gorgonius was a native of Nicomedia, and one of the chamberlains of the Emperor Diocletian. He, with the help of a fellow-chamberlain named Dorotheus, brought all the other chamber-servants to believe in Christ. Both of them one day saw a martyr hideously tortured in the presence of Diocletian, and the ensample of his testimony roused them both up to desire the same, and they both said: Why, O Emperor, dost thou punish this man only, by condemning an opinion which we share with him? His belief is our belief. Our will is the same. The Emperor thereupon ordered them be bound and scourged till their bodies were perfectly flayed, and a mixture of vinegar and salt poured into the wounds. Soon after he commanded them to be bound again and grilled on bars over hot coals. Finally, after a variety of tortures, they were hanged. The body of the holy Gorgonius was some time brought to Rome, and buried between the two laurel-trees upon the Latin Way, but, afterwards, during the Pontificate of Gregory IV, it was brought into the Church of the Prince of the Apostles.
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