Morbid Fact Du Jour for May 23, 2015

Today’s Dreadfully Scourged Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Let’s have another jolly story of  Christian Martyrdom from the classic of the genre, Fox’s Book of Martyrs (1848).  This allegedly occurred during the Third Persecution, under Trajan, in A.D. 108:

Trajan commanded the martyrdom of Ignatius, bishop of Antioch. This holy man was the person whom, when an infant, Christ took into his arms, and showed to his disciples, as one that would be a pattern of humility and innocence. He received the gospel afterward from St. John the Evangelist, and was exceedingly zealous in his mission. He boldly vindicated the faith of Christ before the emperor, for which he was cast into prison, and tormented in a most cruel manner. After being dreadfully scourged, he was compelled to hold fire in his hands, and, at the same time, papers clipped in oil were put to his sides, and set on fire. His flesh was then torn with red hot pincers, and at last he was dispatched by being torn to pieces by wild beasts.
Culled from: Fox’s Book of Martyrs
Generously suggested by: Louise

New band name: Dreadfully Scourged.


Restoring The Entombed

If you’re like me (and I suspect you are or you wouldn’t be receiving this newsletter), you love those fascinating plaster casts from Pompeii.  They’ve recently been working on restoring some of the beauties that were originally cast in the 19th century, many of which are displayed in this excellent article.

Restoration Work Begins On Bodies Of Those Who Died When Vesuvius Erupted

One comment

  1. I saw an interesting show about Pompeii that brought some new information to light. If you visit, you can see phallic symbols all over the city along with other artefacts that show that this was Sin City of the past. I wish I could remember where/when I saw the show, but it was intriguing.

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