100. PHOCAS (Φοκὰς
), a Cretan monk, son of Matthaeus, who became a monk in Patmos. Joannes had served in the army of the emperor Manuel Comnenus (who reigned A. D. 1143-1180) in Asia Minor.
He married, and had a son, by whom his work was transcribed; and afterwards became a monk and priest, and visited (A. D. 1185) Syria and Palestine, of which he wrote a short geographical account, entitled Ἔκφρασις ἐνδυνόψει τῶν ἀπ᾽ Ἀντιοχείας μέχρις Ἱεροσολύμων κάδτρων καὶ χωρῶν Συρίας καὶ Φοινίκης καὶ τῶν κατὰ Παλαιστίνην ἁγίων τόπων
, Compendiaria Descriptio Castrorum et Urbium2 ab Urbe Antiochia usque Hierosolymam; necnon Syriae ac Phoeniciae, et in Palestina Sacrorum Locorum.
The work was published by Allatius, with a Latin version, in his Σύμμικτα, vol. i. pp. 1-46. The Latin version is also given in the Acta Sanctorum of the Bollandists, Maii, vol. ii. ad init.
, Praefatiuncula ;
Fabric. Bibl. Gr.
vol. iv. p. 662, vol. viii. p. 99.