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The true story is found in the writings of Theodoret, Bishop of Cyrrhus in Syria (393-457 A.D.). Theodoret's Ecclesiastical History covers the period of time up until 429 A.D. (the early fifth century). We quote it here:
Theodoret of Cyrus (Cyrrhus in Syria), The Ecclesiastical History
Book V, Chapter XXVI: Of Honorius the Emperor and Telemachus the monk.
"Honorius, who inherited the empire of Europe, put a stop to the gladitorial combats which had long been held at Rome. The occasion of his doing so arose from the following circumstance. A certain man of the name of Telemachus had embraced the ascetic life. He had set out from the East and for this reason had repaired to Rome. There, when the abominable spectacle was being exhibited, he went himself into the stadium, and stepping down into the arena, endeavoured to stop the men who were wielding their weapons against one another. The spectators of the slaughter were indignant, and inspired by the triad fury of the demon who delights in those bloody deeds, stoned the peacemaker to death.
When the admirable emperor was informed of this he numbered Telemachus in the number of victorius martyrs, and put an end to that impious spectacle."
The Story of a Liberty Man; The last battle to the death.
Telemachus, the Story of a Liberty Man;
The last battle to the death. "In the name of Christ stop!
You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—
The story of one man, Telemachus who was inspired by God to travel to Rome. Once he arrived he went to the Roman Colosseum and saw the Gladiators come forth and stand before the Emperor and say, "We who are about to die salute you!." Telemachus cried out "In the Name of Christ Stop!" he climbed into the arena and went up to the gladiators and said to them... "In the name of Christ Stop!" ...An amazing thing happened... something that will then change history forever. A story forgotten.
The Legend: There’s a story that goes back to the fourth century about an Asian monk that lived in this remote village. He spent a lot of time in prayer and tending to his garden, from which he made his living. His name was Telemachus. One day in prayer he heard the voice of God telling him to go to Rome. So he set out and walked there and it took him weeks until he finally arrived in Rome.
When he got there, there was a festival and he decided to follow the crowd into the coliseum. And there, in the midst of this great crowd, he saw the gladiators come forth and stand before the emperor and say, “We who are about to die salute you,” and he realized they were going to fight to the death for the entertainment of the crowd. He cried out, this little liberty man, Telemachus, he said, “In the name of Christ, stop,” his voice wasn't heard. But eventually Telemachus made his way through the crowd and climbed over the wall and dropped into the floor of the arena.
And suddenly the crowd saw this little figure of a man making his way up to the gladiators and saying over and over again, “In the name of Christ, stop,” some were amused but some became angry. And he started pleading with the gladiators, “In the name of Christ, stop.” One of them plunged his sword into his body and as Telemachus fell to the sand in that arena of death, his last words were spoken, “In the name of Christ, stop.” An amazing thing happened, the gladiators stood looking over this tiny form of a man lying in the sand and then suddenly silence fell over the coliseum. One by one, they made their way to the exit and left. There was dead silence until everyone in the coliseum was gone.
Folks, that was the last battle to the death between gladiators in the Rome coliseum, never again did anyone kill or did men kill each other for entertainment on that ground. One tiny voice, heard above all the rest, “In the name of Christ, stop,” it’s the liberty man named Telemachus.