The Mystery of the Theban Legion
Pen & Sword 2011
9781848843783   Product Code: 20142
In 383 CE, a river bank collapse on the river Rhone revealed a mass grave which Bishop Eucherius of Lyon claimed held the remains of Christian legionaries massacred a century earlier for refusing to obey orders that they considered immoral. O'Reilly investigates this claim, which appears in no other source, assembling evidence from coins, inscriptions and other writers of the period to argue that Eucherius' story is true and reflects the religious and moral uncertainties within the tumultuous empire.