Upon his arrest, he was interrogated in front of a
large crowd. After a heated discussion with the official questioning him, he would not deny Christ or swear allegiance to the emperor, for which he was sentenced to death by burning. He opted not to be nailed to the stake, claiming that Christ’s strength would sustain him to stand in the fire. Onlookers recalled a sweet aroma, like baking bread, after his burning; and his death was topic of conversation even among pagan citizens.