Astius of Dyrrachium

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Hieromartyr Asitus Bishop of Dyrrachium

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Saint Astius [Shën Asti] was the bishop of Dyrrhachium, the modern day city of Durres [1], Albania. During the rein of Roman emperor Trajan, he was arrested by Roman governor Agricola, beaten and crucified. They then covered his body in honey, and left him to be tortured by bees and hornets. Several other saints joined him as martyrs, as they were considered his sympathizers, being put in chains and thrown in the Adriatic Sea to drown.

His feast day is July 7. [2]