Artemas of Pozzuoli
Feastday: January 25
Martyr of Pozzuoli, Italy. He is traditionally described as a teenage boy in the Roman Empire who was stabbed to death with iron pens by pagan school classmates. This legend is doubtful, but Artemas was martyred at Pozzuoli, near Capua, in the fifth century, perhaps earlier. Artemas is a presumed martyr celebrated in the Basilica of San Prisco near Capua, where he was named and depicted in mosaics that have since vanished. He is said to have been a boy of Pozzuoli (Puteoli near Capua) who was stabbed to death with iron pens by his pagan schoolmates. It seems, however, that the entire story is a pious fiction.