As Pionius was silent, hanging in torture, he was asked: “Will you sacrifice?” “No,” he answered. . . . “Why do you rush towards death?” he was asked. “I am not rushing towards death,” he answered, “but towards life.”
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The sentence was then read in Latin from a tablet: “Whereas Pionius has admitted that he is a Christian, we hereby sentence him to be burnt alive.”
Hastily he went to the amphitheater because of the zeal of his faith.
-Selections from Martyrdom of Pionius, 20, 21