In spite of the fact that the story of the original Quatuor (sic) Coronati -- the Four Crowned Martyrs -- is apparently rooted in historical fact, there are a couple of perplexing questions and at least one suspicious legend related. First, the original story.
|The God of Healing|
|Aesceplius with a serpent on his staff|
Diocletian's persecution was in full bloom, so their reluctance to carve was challenged. When they explained it was a matter of faith and conscience, they were sealed in leaden coffins and tossed in the River Sava.
Question Two: If they were willing to carve other idols, why not this one?
|The Workshop of the Quatuor Coronati|