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Seven Sleepers

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Seven noble youths of Ephesos, who fled in the Decian persecution to a cave in Mount Celion. After 230 years they awoke, but soon died, and their bodies were taken to Marseilles in a large stone coffin, still shown in Victor’s church. Their names are Constantine, Dionysius, John, Maximʹian, Malchus, Martinʹian, and Serapʹion. This fable took its rise from a misapprehension of the words, “They fell asleep in the Lord”—i.e. died. (Gregory of Tours De Gloria Martyrum, i. 9.) (See Koran, xviii.: Golden Legend, etc.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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