LACARON, SAINT, martyr in fourth-century Egypt (feast day: 14 Babah). His Passion has come down in a complete codex in Bohairic in the Vatican Library (Coptic 68, fols. 1-15) (Balestri and Hyvernat, 1908, Vol. 1, pp. 1-23). The text is that of one of the late Coptic Passions from the period of the CYCLES and can be dated to the eighth century. It deals with the period of persecutions under DIOCLETIAN. The Roman prefect ARIANUS comes to Asyut and orders sacrifice to the gods. Lacaron, a soldier, refuses and, after the
usual arguments, is put in jail. The text then describes the usual episodes of torture, miraculous healings, sudden conversions—of a
magistrate and the torturers themselves—and other visions and heavenly interventions. It includes an account of the archangel
Michael's gathering up the various pieces of Lacaron and restoring them to life. In the end Lacaron is killed, after converting and
baptizing the soldiers around him.
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