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Although often depicted in art as being tied to a post and shot through with arrows, there are many paintings of Saint Sebastian all over the world.
Saint Sebastian is said to be a protector of plague, as a plague was stopped in an Italian city when a statue of the Catholic saint was erected.
According to his legend, Sebastian was born at Narbonne, Gaul. He became a soldier in the Roman army at Rome in about 283, and encouraged Marcellian and Marcus, under sentence of death, to remain firm in their faith. Sebastian made numerous converts: among them were the master of the rolls, Nicostratus, who was in charge of prisoners and his wife, Zoe, a deaf mute whom he cured; the jailer Claudius; Chromatius, Prefect of Rome, whom he cured of gout; and Chromatius' son, Tiburtius. Chromatius set the prisoners free, freed his slaves, and resigned as prefect.