SAINT GEORGE

284–305

Saint George lived in the time of the Emperor Diocletian, one of the most severe persecutors of Christians, and was a person from his inner circle. For professing the Christian faith he was tortured for eight days and then beheaded. One of the best known posthumous miracles of Saint George is the saving of a princess offered to a dragon by drawing lots. Saint George came on horseback and slew the dragon with his spear.

Allegory: the princess is a symbol of the Church; the dragon is the symbol of the paganism.

Attributes: spear, horse trampling on the dragon.