|Shamelessly unrelated pop reference|
These two eunuchs experienced the ancient Roman equivalent of being busted for drunk driving but then revealing a duffel bag full of heads in their trunk.
They were slaves, somehow connected to the household of the Emperor Decius Trajanus's wife, Tryphonia. They had previously been slaves of Aemilianus, a former Roman consul. There were a couple of brothers named Lucius Fulvius Aemilianus who served as consul in the 240s -- it could have been either one of them. In any event, after this consul's death, Parthenius and Calocerus were charged with administering the estate for his daughter Anatolia. They were also charged, maybe even by her, with distributing surplus household wealth to the poor. Perhaps once that was done they were placed in the imperial household as part of the (equivalent of the) East Wing staff.
|Participants in a eunuch beauty pageant in Koovagam, India|
Parthenius and Calocerus didn't even bother to address that charge. I imagine the defense, if you can call it that, sounded something like this.
|Emperor Trajanus Decius|
The two brothers were sentenced to be burned. When the fire wouldn't burn them, Decius's soldiers grabbed the burning logs and beat them to death with them. Butler says they were decapitated, which seems like the best way to put down those death-resistant Christians, so maybe that happened too. Anatolia gathered their remains and buried them in the catacombs of Callixtus, suggesting their innocence on the embezzlement charge but their guilt on the subsequent capital crime of Christianity.