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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity


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


Name

Phokas, martyr of Antioch

Saint ID

S00413

Reported Death Not Before

303

Reported Death Not After

312

Gender
Male
Type of Saint
Martyrs
Related Evidence Records
IDTitle
E00367Gregory of Tours writes the Glory of the Martyrs (Liber in Gloria Martyrum), in Latin in Tours (north-west Gaul), 580/594. Overview entry.
E00651Gregory of Tours, in his Glory of the Martyrs (98), tells of the shrine of *Phokas (martyr of Antioch, S00413) in Syria, where people bitten by snakes are miraculously cured. Written in Latin in Tours (north-west Gaul), 580/594.
E01950Fragmentary and scarcely legible Greek inscription, once implausibly presented as referring to a martyr shrine (martyrion) of *Phokas (martyr of Antioch, S00413), *Bassos (martyr of Syria, S01127), and *Artemios (martyr of Antioch under Julian, S01128). Found at Umm el-Mais near Ḥimṣ/Emesa (northwest Phoenicia). Probably late antique.
E02277Greek amulet from Oxyrhynchos (Middle Egypt) mentions *Phokas (martyr of Antioch, S00413) as protecting a house against reptiles; datable to the 6th century.
E03278The early seventh-century Georgian version of the Lectionary of Jerusalem commemorates on 18 July commemorates *Rachel (wife of the Old Testament patriarch Jacob, S00701) at her tomb on the road to Bethlehem, the deposition of the relics of Stephen (the First Martyr, S00030), John the Baptist (S00020), Zechariah (father of John the Baptist, S00597), *Phokas (martyr of Antioch, S00413), *Tarachos, Probos and Andronikos (martyrs of Anazarbos, Cilicia, S00710).
E03366The early seventh-century Georgian version of the Lectionary of Jerusalem commemorates on 30 August *Phokas (martyr of Antioch, S00413) or *Phokas (martyr of Synope, S00052) and *Babylas (bishop and martyr in Antioch, S00061).
E03378The early seventh-century Georgian version of the Lectionary of Jerusalem commemorates on 9 September *Phokas (martyr of Antioch, S00413) and *Babylas (bishop and martyr of Antioch, S00061).
E03415The early seventh-century Georgian version of the Lectionary of Jerusalem commemorates on 31 October *Isaiah (Old Testament Prophet, S00282), *Menas (soldier and martyr of Abu Mena, S00073), and *Phokas (possibly the martyr of Antioch, S00413).
E03729The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 4 May *Silvanos from Gaza (tetrarchic martyr in Palestine, S00193), and his students, and *Pelagia of Tarsus (martyr, S01688), or *Pelagia (martyr in Antioch, S01093), *Menas (soldier and martyr of Abu Mena, S00073), and *Phokas (martyr of Sinope, S00052) or *Phokas (martyr of Antioch, S00413).
E03804The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 18 July *Rachel (wife of the Old Testament patriarch Jacob, S00701), the deposition of the relics of *Stephen (the First Martyr, S00030), *John the Baptist (S00020), *Zechariah (father of John the Baptist, S00597), *Phokas (martyr in Antioch, S00413), *Athanasios (martyr in Klysma under Diocletian and Maximian, S01216), *Tarachos, Probos and Andronikos (martyrs of Anazarbos, Cilicia, S00710), *Sergios (soldier and martyr of Rusafa, S00023) and *Bakchos (soldier and martyr of Barbalissos, S00079), and *Dioskoros (probably Decian martyr of Egypt, S00230).
E03828The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 10 August *Laurence/Laurentius (deacon and martyr of Rome, S01229), and *Phokas (martyr of Sinope, S00052) or *Phokas (martyr of Antioch, S00413).
E03848The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 30 August *Phokas (martyr of Antioch, S00413) or *Phokas (martyr of Synope, S00052), *Jude Thaddaeus (Apostle, one of the Twelve, S01507), *Joseph of Arimathea (New Testament figure, S01787), *Babylas (bishop and martyr in Antioch, S00061), and *Alexandros (bishop of Constantinople, ob. 337, S01789), and the beheading of *John the Baptist (S00020).
E03857The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 6 September the dedication of the altar in the church of Siloam, and *Phokas (possibly the martyr of Antioch, S00413) and *Theoktistos (probably martyr in Alexandria under Decius, S01623).
E03858The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 7 September *Lazarus (friend of Jesus, S01417), *Phokas (possibly martyr of Antioch on the Orontes, S00413), *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) and *Sozon(martyr of Cylicia under Maximian, S01624).
E03860The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 9 September *Phokas (probably the martyr of Antioch, S00413), *Babylas (bishop and martyr of Antioch, S00061), *Kyriakos (monk at the Monastery of Souka/Chariton, ob. 556, S01625), *Sergios (soldier and martyr of Rousafa, S00023), *Bakchos (soldier and martyr of Barbalissos, S00079), and *Joachim and Anne (parents of Mary, mother of Christ, S01327),and *Nicholas (possibly the bishop of Myra under Constantine, S00520).
E03873The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 22 September *Hesychios (saint with church in Jerusalem mentioned c. 570, priest in 5th c Jerusalem?, S00261), the deposition of the relics of *Peter (the Apostle, S00036), *Paul (the Apostle, S00008), *Isaiah (Old Testament prophet, S00282), *George (soldier and martyr, S00259), *Thyrsos (martyr of Bithynia, S00612), and *Phokas (martyr of Antioch, S00413).
E03906The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 25 October *Demetrios (martyr of Thessalonike, S00761), *Babylas (bishop and martyr of Antioch, and companions S00061), *Phokas (probably martyr of Antioch, S00413), *Kosmas and Damianos (brothers, physician martyrs of Syria, S00385), *Varos (soldier and martyr in Egypt under Galerius, S01212), *John the Baptist (S00020), and *Sophia and her daughters (martyrs of Rome, S00554).
E03912The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 31 October *Isaiah (Old Testament Prophet, S00282), *Menas (soldier and martyr of Abu Mena, S00073) and *Phokas (possibly martyr of Antioch on the Orontes, S00413), *Paul (the first anchorite, S00089), *Pantaleōn / Panteleēmōn, martyr of Nicomedia, during the Diocletian persecution of 305, S00596), *Cornelius (probably the Centurion, New Testament saint, S00301), and *Epimachos (Decian martyr of Egypt, S00222).
E04386Syriac inscription commemorating the construction and completion of a church dedicated to *Phokas (probably the martyr of Antioch, S00413). Found at Basufan in north Syria, near Qalat Semaan, c. 30 km to the northwest of Beroia/Aleppo. Dated 491/492 (beginning of the construction) and 495/496 (completion).
E04537Augustine of Hippo, in his Sermon 375B, refers, for the sake of theological argument, to the martyrs *Stephen (the First Martyr, S00030) and *Phokas (either Phokas, martyr of Sinope, S00052, or Phokas, martyr of Antioch, S00413). Sermon preached in Latin in Hippo Regius (North Africa), sometime between 397 and 430.
E04557Scarcely legible Greek inscription on a stone reliquary, possibly invoking the help of *Phokas (if so, probably the martyr of Antioch, S00413). Found at Karm Saddeh near Tripolis (Lebanon/Roman province of Phoenicia). Probably 5th or 6th c.
E05099Procopius of Caesarea, in his On Buildings, reports that the emperor Justinian (r. 527-565) renovated a great number of monasteries in the region of Jerusalem (and elsewhere in the East), many of them dedicated to saints. Written in Greek at Constantinople, in the 550s.