Tuesday, January 8, 2019

03 Works, RELIGIOUS ART - Today, January 7, is Saint Lucian of Antioch's Day, With Footnotes - 166

St. Lucian, Martyr

Saint Lucian of Antioch (c. 240 – January 7, 312), known as Lucian the Martyr, was a Christian presbyter, theologian and martyr. He was noted for both his scholarship and ascetic piety. A Christian theologian-martyr who originated a theological tradition at Antioch that was noted for biblical linguistic scholarship and for a rationalist approach to Christian doctrine.

In his principal work, Lucian analyzed the Greek text of both the Old and New Testaments, creating a tradition of manuscripts known as the Lucianic Byzantine, or Syrian, text. By comparative study of the Greek and Hebrew grammatical styles in their Semitic background, Lucian proposed to limit the symbolical interpretation characteristics, whether expressed directly or metaphorically.

Such analytical methods influenced Antiochene theological formulations by Lucian’s students and colleagues relative to doctrines on Christ and the divine Trinity. More on Saint Lucian

Martyr Lucian the Presbyter of Antioch

Although he was only a priest, sometimes Saint Lucian is depicted in the vestments of a bishop. The Stroganov Guide for Iconographers was published in Russia in 1869, based on a 1606 manuscript. There Saint Lucian is depicted wearing a phelonion and holding a Gospel.

According to Suidas, Lucian was born at Samosata, Kommagene, Syria, to Christian parents, and was educated in the neighbouring city of Edessa.

At Antioch, Lucian was ordained presbyter, leader of the local Christian congregation. Lucian's vita (composed after 327) reports that he founded a school. Scholars see him as the first head of the School of Antioch.

He fell under suspicion for heresy, and was excommunicated. Lucian was later reconciled with the Church either early in the episcopate of Cyril, or under Cyril's successor Tyrannus.

During the persecution of Maximinus Daia, Lucian was arrested at Antioch and sent to Nicomedia, where he endured many tortures over nine years of imprisonment. He was twice brought up for examination, and both times defended himself ably and refused to renounce his Christian faith.

His death is uncertain. He might have been starved to death. Another, more likely, possibility is that he was beheaded. The traditional date ascribed to his execution is January 7, 312, in Nicomedia. 

There is a late tradition of uncertain origin that he had been drowned in the sea and that his body was returned to land by a dolphin.  More on Saint Lucian

Minology of Vasily II, Constantinople, c. 985
Martyr Lucian
 Vatican Library

The Menologion of Basil II is an illuminated manuscript designed as a church calendar or Eastern Orthodox Church service book (menologion) that was compiled c. 1000 AD, for the Byzantine Emperor Basil II

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