As it should be but not always so, good deeds, too, attract following.
Their most famous surgery, performed not without a considerable divine professional assistance, is depicted above. Sts Cosmas and Damian are regarded as the patrons of physicians and surgeons.
For their services brothers charged not a single penny (silver pieces, headless chickens or whatever currency has been on circulation in those ancient times.) Thus people names them Holy Unmercenaries. Their exemplary lives and martyrdom brought many nonbelievers into a Christian faith.
Inevitably, this drew attention of the Roman authorities to the brothers. Soldiers were sent to summon them but the Christians hid them for the sake of those who resorted to their aid. Not having found brothers, Romans herded and seized other Christians. Cosmas and Damian, however, left the shelter and surrendered to the captors, asking them to release the hostages taken in their stead.
These were the trying times for the budding religion — the persecution under Diocletian. Cosmas and Damian were thus arrested and ordered to recant under torture. They stayed true to their faith, enduring being hung on a cross, stoned and shot by arrows and finally suffered execution by beheading. Anthimus, Leontius and Euprepius, their younger brothers, who were inseparable from them throughout life, shared in their martyrdom.
However, its not as much the saintly lives of the brothers as the ample inspirations their saintly lives provided for the art and painters for generations that is, obviously, the subject of this post.