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Offline emmanuelmelo

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Icon of St. Demetrios of Thessalonika
« on: December 03, 2005, 01:37:43 AM »
Hey all,

I always seem to get the answers I need on this forum.  Here is a question I have always had.  Who is St. Demetrios spearing in his icon?  In the stories about him, it says he blessed a certain man named Nestorus to fight a pagan gladiator, and Nestorus won.  But this doesn't answer the question who St. Demetrios is spearing.  Thanks alot.


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Re: Icon of St. Demetrios of Thessalonika
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2005, 08:54:25 AM »
The question is: "In which icon?"
In Russian Icons, St. Demetrios is spearing a king on horseback.
In Greek Icons, St. Demetrios is spearing the gladiator Lyaeus (since it was through St. Demetrios' blessing that St. Nestor won). Originally, the figure of Lyaeus in the Greek Icon was fully bearded. From around the 19th century, he seems to have trimmed his beard into a turkish moustache...... :D
« Last Edit: December 03, 2005, 08:55:07 AM by ozgeorge »
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