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[[File:42 Martyres.jpg|right|thumb|Cei 42 de mucenici din Amoreea, Passion-bearers.]]
Amorium was an episcopal see (bishopric) as early as 431, and was fortified by the Emperor [[
Zeno (emperor)|Zeno]], but did not rise to prominence until the 7th century. Its strategic location in central [[w:Asia Minor|Asia Minor]] made the city a vital stronghold against the armies of the Arab [[w:Caliphate|Caliphate]] following their conquest of the [[w:Levant|Levant]].
The city was first attacked by the Arabs in 644, and taken in 646. Over the next two centuries, it remained a frequent target of Muslim raids (''[[w:Ghazi (warrior)|razzias]]'') into Asia Minor, especially during the great sieges of 716 and 796. It became the capital of the [[w:Theme (Byzantine district)|theme]] of [[w:Anatolic Theme|Anatolikon]] soon after.
:''"You do not speak truthfully when you say that I abandoned [[Christ]]. Moreover, I left the priesthood because of my own unworthiness. Therefore, I must shed my blood for the sake of Christ, so that He might forgive the sins that I have committed against Him."''
the " All-Blessed" Theodore, :* the " Unconquered" Callistus, :* the " Valliant" Constantine, :* the " Wondrous" Theophilus and :* " the Most Strong" Basoes.
==Impact and Aftermath==
The city itself never recovered from the sack, but retained an active bishopric until definitively conquered by the [[w:Great Seljuq Empire|Seljuks]] following the [[w:Battle of Manzikert|Battle of Manzikert]] in 1071. Emperor [[w:Alexios I Komnenos|Alexios I Komnenos]] defeated the Seljuks at Amorium in 1116, but the area was never recovered.
Hymns==''' Troparion - Tone 4'''<br>
Your forty-two holy [[martyr]]s, O [[Lord]],<br>
through their sufferings have received [[Incorruptibility|incorruptible]] crowns from You, our [[God]].<br>
Through their [[Prayer#Intercessory_prayer|intercessions]], save our souls!
Kontakion - Tone 4'''<br>
Forty-two holy [[martyr]]s of Ammoria,<br>
you contended for the sake of [[Christ]] on earth;<br>
you continually send down from on high remission of [[sin]]s to those who praise you.
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