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Basil of Ancyra, was a Christian priest in Ancyra, Galatia during the 4th century.[1] Very meager information about his life is preserved in a metaphrastic work: “Life and Deeds of the Martyred Priest Basil.” He fought against the pagans and the Arians. Basil defended Bishop Marcellus against the prelate being deposed by the Arians.

Basil was caught up in the persecution of Julian the Apostate. He was arrested, tortured, and executed on June 28/29, 362 AD.[2]

He is commemorated as a martyr on March 22 in the West[1] and East.[3] He is sometimes confused with the other Basil of Ancyra who was not a priest and who is commemorated on January 1.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "St. Basil of Ancyra". Catholic Online.
  2. ^ "Holy martyr Basil, Presbyter of the Church of Ancyra". Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.
  3. ^ a b "ВАСИЛИЙ". Православную энциклопедию. (in Russian)

External linksEdit

  • See pages 207ff in "Victories of the Martyrs" by St. Alphonsus de Liguori [1]