|TSt. Diomedes, Holy Doctor/Martyr, fresco from 19th century. The King Milutin's church of the Hilandar Monastery on Mt. Athos|
Born in Tarsus in Cilicia, Diomedes was a doctor who boldly proclaimed Christ. Under orders from the emperor Diocletian, he was beheaded at Nicaea in Bithynia. It is said that when his head was taken to the emperor, that all were blinded, and only after his body has been returned and they had prayed, was their sight restored.
Diomedes is portrayed here holding a cross as a symbol of his martyrdom. He is positioned in the midst of a line of holy doctors which fills most of the second zone of the west wall of the narthex. Diomedes is the only holy doctor here who is not painted as carrying some instrument of his trade.
Taken from: IN THE HEART OF HILANDAR,
William Taylor Hosteter,Jr. CD-ROM
Selected by Ljubomir Vujakilja
The author gave permission for reproduction