Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Who was Telemachus?



Telemachus was a brave, elderly monk who went to the Roman Colosseum in 404 A.D. to observe the gladiatorial Games in its splendor. Upon witnessing the gruesome spectacle of men slaughtering other men for the pleasure of the crowd, Telemachus scaled over the wall onto the Colosseum floor to stand in between two combatants. He shouted three times: “In the name of Christ, forbear!” The gladiators separated but the crowd stood up and stoned Telemachus to death because he had interrupted their entertainment for the afternoon.

Once they recognized what they had done to the elderly man, the crowd became quiet and slowly filed out of the stadium in silence.

When the good emperor Honorius heard of the heroism of Telemachus, he put an end to the gladiatorial games forever and Telemachus was designated as a saint for his heroic stance for humanity and truth.

12 comments:

  1. This isn't the version of the story told by Saint Theodoret (~393-457 according to Wikipedia)

    See: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf203.iv.viii.v.xxvi.html

    What then is your source?

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  2. Not sure Wikipedia is the final say on things....

    The story of St. Telemachus can be found in numerous historical accounts relating to the Roman Empire and Christian martyrs. Various stories have differing endings but they all attest to the heroism of a man named Telemachus who entered the gladiators ring and the Games ending soon thereafter.

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  3. Wikipedia suck almost all their information is wrong!

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  4. this version is better and i read this more then the version wikipedia said so yupp i think its legit.thank you

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  6. Tuesday, March 3, 2009Who was Telemachus?



    Telemachus was a brave, elderly monk who went to the Roman Colosseum in 404 A.D. to observe the gladiatorial Games in its splendor. Upon witnessing the gruesome spectacle of men slaughtering other men for the pleasure of the crowd, Telemachus scaled over the wall onto the Colosseum floor to stand in between two combatants. He shouted three times: “In the name of Christ, forbear!” The gladiators separated but the crowd stood up and stoned Telemachus to death because he had interrupted their entertainment for the afternoon.

    Once they recognized what they had done to the elderly man, the crowd became quiet and slowly filed out of the stadium in silence.

    When the good emperor Honorius heard of the heroism of Telemachus, he put an end to the gladiatorial games forever and Telemachus was designated as a saint for his heroic stance for humanity and truth.

    Posted by Frank Hill at 2:49 PM
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