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Headword: Prokopios
Adler number: pi,2479
Translated headword: Prokopios, Procopius
Vetting Status: high
Illustris [in status];[1] of Caesarea in Palestine.[2] Rhetor and sophist. He wrote a Roman History, i.e. the wars of Belisarius the patrician,[3] the actions performed in Rome and Libya. He lived in the time of the emperor Justinian, was employed as Belisarius' secretary, and accompanied him in all the wars and events which he recorded. He also wrote another book, the so-called Anecdota,[4] on the same events; both works [sc. together] are 9 books.[5]
[Note that] the book of Procopius called Anecdota contains abuse and mockery of the emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora, and indeed of Belisarius himself as well, and his wife.[6]
Greek Original:
Prokopios, Illoustrios, Kaisareus ek Palaistinês, rhêtôr kai sophistês. egrapsen Historian Rhômaïkên, êgoun tous polemous Belisariou patrikiou, ta kata Rhômên kai Libuên prachthenta. gegonen epi tôn chronôn Ioustinianou tou basileôs, hupographeus chrêmatisas Belisariou kai akolouthos kata pantas tous sumbantas polemous te kai praxeis tas hup' autou sungrapheisas. egrapse kai heteron biblion, ta kaloumena Anekdota, tôn autôn praxeôn: hôs einai amphotera biblia th#. hoti to biblion Prokopiou to kaloumenon Anekdota psogous kai kômôidian Ioustinianou basileôs periechei kai tês autou gunaikos Theodôras, alla mên kai autou Belisariou kai tês gametês autou.
Born c.500 AD.
Adler identifies Hesychius of Miletus as the source of the main paragraph of this entry.
See generally: RE Prokopios(21); PLRE III Procopius(2); OCD4 Procopius.
[1] cf. chi 526, and see generally Photius s.v.
[2] See generally OCD4 Caesarea(2). (Not the same as kappa 1201.)
[3] beta 233.
[4] a.k.a Secret History. The Suda contains many quotations from it. See generally Prokopios, The Secret History, with related texts edited and translated with an introduction by Anthony Kaldellis (Indianapolis & Cambridge 2010).
[5] That is, 8 + 1.
[6] Antonina.
Averil Cameron, Procopius and the sixth century (1985)
Keywords: biography; chronology; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; rhetoric; women
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 9 May 2002@12:19:10.
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David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 10 May 2002@02:57:00.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 23 February 2004@18:17:48.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 24 February 2004@02:59:34.
Catharine Roth (correction provided by Amelia Brown; other tweaks) on 14 July 2008@01:24:21.
David Whitehead (correction provided by John Leake) on 19 August 2008@03:21:40.
David Whitehead (expanded n.4) on 16 September 2010@07:09:24.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; bibliography) on 21 November 2011@05:18:20.
David Whitehead on 16 October 2013@05:38:53.
David Whitehead (updated 2 refs) on 2 August 2014@11:44:07.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr, at the prompting of Dr Philip Rance) on 14 May 2020@10:41:44.

Headword: Prokopios
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:
Prokopios: hoti en tôi naôi tou hagiou megalomarturos Prokopiou en têi Chelônêi histato eunouchou tinos stêlê, hês en tôi stêthei egraphen: ho metatitheis thematia tôi brochôi paradothêtô. ên de hê stêlê Platônos koubikoulariou, hos en tais hêmerais tou Basiliskou purikaustos gegone. tôn de goneôn autou aitêsantôn tôi basilei eis mnêmosunon tois antairousi basilei stêlôthênai ton eunouchon Platôna, ouk ekôlusen. en de tôi anakainizesthai ton tou megalomarturos neôn metetethê eis to Hippodromion. hoi de oikoi tou eunouchou sôizontai en têi Chelônêi.
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.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 May 2009@03:46:42.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 16 October 2013@05:44:02.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 13 November 2021@23:26:22.
Catharine Roth (deleted a link) on 14 November 2021@00:51:10.
Ronald Allen (cosmetics, expanded n.2 and n.3) on 16 November 2021@10:08:49.


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