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St Adrian of Nicomedia was a Roman army officer who died in 304 A.D., having converted to Christianity. He was imprisoned for his faith and, according to legend, had his legs smashed on an anvil and his arms chopped off with an axe before being beheaded. He was buried in Byzantium although his remains were later removed to Rome. He was widely venerated in Northern Europe, appearing in art dressed as a Roman soldier with his attribute, an anvil; the lion at his feet is an emblem of his fortitude. He is the patron saint of soldiers and butchers.