THE FIVE HOLY MARTYRS: EUSTRATIOS, AUXENTIOS, MARDARIOS, EUGENIOS AND ORESTES
These five holy martyrs lived during the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian and Maximian, in 296 A.D. At that time, perhaps the worst persecutions against Christians had broken out, aiming to wipe off all Christians from the face of the earth.
In those days the Cappadocians were being slandered to the emperors, claiming they did not respect or listen to the emperors' orders and were preparing to defect.
When Diocletian heard this, he was disturbed. He immediately ordered that the rulers of Cappadocia be removed from office, and in their place he sent two wise Hellenistic Romans, authorizing them to put to death any person found out to be Christian, without needing a pretext and under false accusations.