During my research of the saints before writing this series I found that predating the Catholic Church ideological concept being sealed in the mind of what a saint should be or look like. I found there were many different kinds. There were some it was best not to attack.
There were indeed kinds who fought back against the execution of Christians and displaying the bodies on Christian Way, a main road leading out of Rome. They engaged in death matches with gladiator. In these matches if they won the prisoners and condemned were set free.
Roman historians stricken this newsbit from history but Josephus Flavius wrote of them saying they were unbeatable. They would insert themselves among the condemned for a chance to fight the beasts and gladiators.
It’s a pity the lions and tigers had sense enough to run from them but the gladiators didn’t.
The most famous group, Josephus Flavius wrote of held off two legions for a weeks after they were surrounded. Yes, they were eventually killed but their bravery encouraged many other Christians it was ok to fight back for your life. The Roman soldiers were surprised at how few of them there were is what made the standoff so renown.
These people are where the idea of Ana came from. The picture above is a scene of Ana leading her regiment into battle against Nikola’s armies. It’s from a later book.