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Roman gladiator helmet, 1st century A.D. Gladiatorial parade bronze helmet, from Pompei. Hercules on the front and the defeated Nemeian Lion on the base of the comb. Higgins Armory Museum Worcester

Telemachus was a Christian martyr who according to Church historian Theodoret tried to stop a gladiatorial fight in the Roman Coliseum and was stoned to death by the crowd. The Christian Emperor Honorius, however, was impressed by his martyrdom and it spurred him to issue a historic ban on gladiatorial fights. The last known gladiatorial fight in Rome was on 1 January 404 AD, so this is usually given as the date of Telemachus' martyrdom.