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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity


from its origins to circa AD 700, across the entire Christian world


Name

Prokopios from Scythopolis, martyr of Palestine

Saint ID

S00118

Number in BH

BHG 1576-1577d

Reported Death Not Before

303

Reported Death Not After

303

Gender
Male
Type of Saint
Martyrs, Lesser clergy
Related Evidence Records
IDTitle
E00296Eusebius of Caesarea in his Martyrs of Palestine (1.1-5), written in 311 in Caesarea (Palestine), narrates the martyrdom of *Prokopios from Scythopolis (martyr of Palestine, S00118). Written in Greek, though parts of the text survive only in Syriac.
E00528The Piacenza Pilgrim records his visit to Caesarea Maritima (Palestine) and the graves of *Cornelius (centurion baptised by Peter in Acts, S00301) and the local martyrs *Pamphilos (S00140) and *Prokopios/Procopius (S00118). Account of an anonymous pilgrim, written in Latin, probably in Placentia (northern Italy), c. 570.
E01011Greek inscription on a boundary stone granted probably by the emperor Justinian to a sanctuary of unidentified martyrs *Prokopios and *Ioannes/John. Found near Verinopolis (Galatia, central Asia Minor). 527-565.
E02557Floor-mosaics with Greek dedicatory inscriptions commemorating the construction of a church dedicated to *Lot (Old Testament patriarch, S01234) and *Prokopios (probably the martyr of Skythopolis, S00118), invoking the God of these saints and the God of unnamed martyrs. Found at Khirbat al-Mukhayyat near Mount Nebo (Roman province of Arabia/Jordan). Probably 558 or 573.
E03204The early seventh-century Georgian version of the Lectionary of Jerusalem commemorates at the church of the Holy Anastasis on 23 June *Prokopios of Skythopolis (martyr in Palestine, S00118).
E03268The early seventh-century Georgian version of the Lectionary of Jerusalem commemorates on 8 July *Prokopios from Skythopolis (Martyr in Palestine, S00118).
E03779The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 23 June *Prokopios of Skythopolis (martyr in Palestine, S00118), *Zenon and possibly Zenas (martyrs of Philadelphia (Amman) under Maximian, S01664) and the birth of *John the Baptist (S00020).
E03794The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 8 July *Prokopios from Scythopolis (martyr of Palestine, S00118).
E04407Floor-mosaic with a Greek verse inscription praising the virtues of the family of a local aristocrat, including very possibly his grandfather's embellishment of a sanctuary dedicated to a saint Prokopios, 'protector of the city' (probably *Prokopios, martyr of Caesarea in Palestine, S00118). Found at Diokaisareia/Sepphoris in Galilee (Roman province of Palaestina II). Probably 6th c.
E05576Bede, in his Martyrology, records the feast on 8 July in Palestine of *Procopius (martyr of Palestine, S00118). Written in Latin at Wearmouth-Jarrow (north-east Britain), 725/731.
E05727John Malalas in his Chronographia reports that, after the Samaritan revolt of Justasas in 484, the emperor Zeno (474-491) rebuilt the church of *Prokopios (martyr of Palestine, S00118) in Caesarea, and converted the Samaritan synagogue of Mount Gerizim into a church of *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033); all in Plaestine. Written in Greek at Antioch (Syria) or Constantinople, in the mid-6th c.
E05895Hesychius of Jerusalem composes his Homily 14, On *Prokopios (martyr of Caesarea in Palestine), which he preaches during his feast in Jerusalem. Written in Greek at Jerusalem, in the early 5th c.
E06677Cyril of Scythopolis composes the Life of *Sabas (‘the Sanctified’, monastic founder in Palestine, ob. 532, S00910), recounting his life as a miracle working ascetic and founder of numerous monasteries, adding a set of posthumous miracle stories, and including references to cults of several other saints. Written in Greek at the New Laura in Palestine, 555/557. Overview entry
E07128The first Greek 'epic' Martyrdom of *Prokopios from Scythopolis (martyr of Palestine, S00118) expands the brief mention of Prokopios' martyrdom by Eusebius of Caesarea into a longer account of his trial and execution in Caesarea (Palestine). Written possibly in Caesarea, possibly in the late 4th to 5th century.
E07129The second 'epic' Greek Martyrdom of *Prokopios from Scythopolis (martyr of Palestine, S00118) gives the saint a new background story as a pagan military commander originally named Neanias, converted to Christianity and martyred in Caesarea (Palestine). Written sometime in the 5th-8th century somewhere in the East, perhaps in Caesarea.