John of Nicomedia

John Of Nicomedia, a presbyter of the Church of Nicomedia, in Bithynia, in the time of Constantine the Great, is noted as the author of Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου Βασιλέως ἐπισκόπου Α᾿μασείας, Acta martyrii S. Basilei episcopi Amasioe, which is given in the Acta Sanctorum of the Bollandists (Aprilis, vol. 3); the Latin version in the body of the work (p. 417), with a preliminary notice by Henschen, and the Greek original in the Appendix (p. 50). An extract from the Latin version, containing the history of the female saint Glaphyra, had previously been given in the same work (January 1, 771). The Latin version of the Acta Martyrii S. Basilei had already been published by Aloysius Lippomani (Vitoe Sanctor. Patrum, vol. 7) and by Surius (Deprobatis Sanctorum Vitis, s.d. 26 Aprilis). Basilens was put to death about the close of the reign of Licinius, A.D. 322 or 323, and John, who was then at Nicomedia, professes to have conversed with him in prison. Cave thinks that the Acta have been interpolated, apparently by Metaphrastes. See Acta Sanctorum, ll. cc.; Cave, Hist. Litt. 1, 185. — Smith, Dict. Gr. and Rom. Biog. 2, 601.

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