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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Martyrdom of St. Sebastian

Pasolini's Modern Adaptation in "Accattone" (1961)"

The entire theatrical version of this classic Italian film can be watched by clicking the above link.

Saint Sebastian (died c. 288) was a Christian saint and martyr, who is said to have been killed during the Roman emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians. He is commonly depicted in art and literature tied to a post and shot with arrows. This is the most common artistic depiction of Sebastian; hofuwever, he was rescued and healed by Saint Irene of Rome before haranguing the emperor and being clubbed to death. He is venerated in the Roman Catholic, and Orthodox Church.

For a traditional depiction of the official church history version please see the link below. Subtitles are not crucial since it follows the description outlined in the Wikipedia article.

Sebastianus Christianus Film Clip
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