Saint Maurice was the leader of the Roman Theban Legion in the 3rd century, massacred at Agaunum, about 287, by order of Maximian Herculius. The legion was composed entirely of Christians. There are two versions of the legend: according to one, the legion refused orders to harass innocent Christians. According to the other, the soldiers refused orders to sacrifice to the pagan gods. Either way, every tenth was then killed. Another order to sacrifice and another refusal caused a second decimation and then a general massacre.