Religion: Foot

In 304 A. D. Roman Emperor Maximianus commanded an officer named Victor, a convert to Christianity, to burn incense to Jupiter. Victor not only refused to obey but in a burst of religious fervor toppled over Jupiter's altar, smashed the god's statue. For his deed his right foot was chopped off before he was executed. In the course of time he came to be venerated as St. Victor the Martyr by the Roman Catholic Church. Years later his foot, now a relic holy to many a French Catholic, was acquired by the Paris...

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