Over at Argent we find a blurb about Sant’Eustachio (St. Eustace) and companions from, as he writes, The Roman Martyrology. Here is his offering:
From the Roman Martyrology: At Rome, the holy martyrs Eustace, and Theopistes, his wife, with their two sons, Agapitus and Theopistus. Under Emperor Hadrian they were condemned to be cast to the beasts, but by the power of God they were uninjured by them, so they were shut up in a heated brazen ox, and thus completed their martyrdom.
This is clearly from an older edition of the MartRom. The newest edition of 2004, has only this:
2. Romae, commemoratio sancti Eustachii, martyris, cuius nomen colitur in antiqua diaconia Urbis. … At Rome, the commemoration of Saint Eustace, martyr, whose name is honored at the ancient diaconal (titular church) of the City (of Rome).
You can see what is going on. In the newer, 2004 edition there was a choice to eliminate some of the more "hagiographical" elements that crept into earlier editions. You can decide for yourselves if that was a good choice or not. In any event, this whole thing reminds us to identify which edition we are dealing with. I think it is sometimes assumed that when something is cited, the most recent edition is being used.
By the way… what is with the "brazen ox" thing? When the thing was heated and the poor person inside began to suffer, his or her moans would resonate inside and the ox would seem to bellow. Great entertainment for banquets, etc.