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The Martyrdom of St Phokas of Sinope


The Syriac Version


Introduction, translation and edition by Sebastian P. Brock
The fame of the martyr St. Phokas, first bishop of Sinope (on the Black Sea) and patron of seafarers, had spread to many parts of the Christian world by the fifth and sixth centuries. Although the Acts of his martyrdom under Trajan were composed in Greek, the earliest witness to them is the Syriac translation which is edited and translated here from two early manuscripts.
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0189-0
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Publication Date: Jan 8,2013
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 74
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0189-0
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The fame of the martyr St Phokas, first bishop of Sinope (on the Black Sea) and patron of seafarers, had spread to many parts of the Christian world by the fifth and sixth centuries. Although the Acts of his martyrdom under Trajan were composed in Greek, the earliest witness to them is the Syriac translation which is edited and translated here from two early manuscripts.

Sebastian Brock is Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies in Oxford University and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He is one of the four editors of the Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage.

The fame of the martyr St Phokas, first bishop of Sinope (on the Black Sea) and patron of seafarers, had spread to many parts of the Christian world by the fifth and sixth centuries. Although the Acts of his martyrdom under Trajan were composed in Greek, the earliest witness to them is the Syriac translation which is edited and translated here from two early manuscripts.

Sebastian Brock is Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies in Oxford University and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He is one of the four editors of the Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage.

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Sebastian Brock

Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. Author of a number of contributions in the area of Syriac studies (including several books published by Gorgias Press).

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Preface (page 9)
  • Abbreviations (page 11)
  • Introduction (page 13)
    • Sources (page 14)
    • Outline of the Martyrdom (page 16)
    • The Syriac translation of the Martyrdom (page 18)
    • The date of the commemoration of St Phokas (page 20)
    • Some major differences between the Syriac (= Armenian) and the Greek (page 23)
    • Corruptions in A and B (page 23)
    • The treatment of biblical references and allusions (page 25)
    • Orthography (page 26)
    • The Syriac text (page 27)
  • Translation (page 29)
    • The Martyrdom of Phokas who made his witness in Sinope on 13th October (page 29)
  • Syriac Text (page 47)
  • Bibliography (page 67)
  • Index of Names (page 69)
  • Index of Biblical References (page 71)
  • Index of Greek Words (page 73)
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