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Headword: *proko/pios
Adler number: pi,2480
Translated headword: Prokopios, Procopius
Vetting Status: high
[It is said that][1] in the shrine of the holy greatmartyr Procopius in Chelone there stood a grave marker[2] of a certain eunuch on whose chest was written: 'Let him who disturbs the grave monuments be handed over to the hangman's noose'. And there was a grave marker of Plato the chamber-servant [cubicularius] who was burned in the days of Basiliscus.[3] And, when his parents asked the emperor for the eunuch Plato to be represented on a grave marker as a reminder for those who opposed the emperor, he did not prevent it. And in the renovation of the shrine of the greatmartyr, it was moved to the Hippodrome. And the houses of the eunuch are still extant at Chelone.
Greek Original:
*proko/pios: o(/ti e)n tw=| naw=| tou= a(gi/ou megaloma/rturos *prokopi/ou e)n th=| *xelw/nh| i(/stato eu)nou/xou tino\s sth/lh, h(=s e)n tw=| sth/qei e)/grafen: o( metatiqei\s qema/tia tw=| bro/xw| paradoqh/tw. h)=n de\ h( sth/lh *pla/twnos koubikoulari/ou, o(\s e)n tai=s h(me/rais tou= *basili/skou puri/kaustos ge/gone. tw=n de\ gone/wn au)tou= ai)thsa/ntwn tw=| basilei= ei)s mnhmo/sunon toi=s a)ntai/rousi basilei= sthlwqh=nai to\n eu)nou=xon *pla/twna, ou)k e)kw/lusen. e)n de\ tw=| a)nakaini/zesqai to\n tou= megaloma/rturos new\n metete/qh ei)s to\ *(ippodro/mion. oi( de\ oi)=koi tou= eu)nou/xou sw/|zontai e)n th=| *xelw/nh|.
This is Procopius the Martyr, not to be confused with his namesake the historian (for whom see pi 2479). His feast day is July 8, and he is supposed to have died in 305 CE under Diocletian (web address 1).
[1] This entry follows section 26 of the anonymous work of the 8th century CE titled Parastaseis syntomoi chronikai. See Cameron and Herrin (below).
[2] Apparently either a statue or a relief portrait. The shrine of Procopius at Chelone, in the outskirts of Constantinople, was located about one-half km. north of the Forum of Theodosius (Forum Tauri); cf. Cameron and Herrin (Map 1, p. xiii).
[3] Flavius Basiliscus was the Eastern Roman emperor from January 475 to August 476 CE; cf. alpha 3970, beta 163, and beta 164.
Averil Cameron and Judith Herrin, Constantinople in the early eighth century: the Parastaseis syntomai chronikai. Leiden: Brill, 1984
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: architecture; art history; biography; Christianity; chronology; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; history; religion
Translated by: Abram Ring on 5 May 2009@16:49:48.
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