Rev. Alban Butler (171173). Volume VI: June. The Lives of the Saints. 1866.
St. Dorotheus of Tyre, Martyr
HE was a priest, some say bishop of Tyre in Phnicia, and suffered much for the faith under Dioclesian, as the ancient Martyrologies testify. He is said to have survived his torments, and to have reached the times of Julian the Apostate.
St. Theophanes, Anastasius the librarian, and the modern. Greeks tells us, that he completed his martyrdom at Odyssopolis in Thrace.1 Another Dorotheus, a martyr, chamberlain of Dioclesian, is mentioned by Eusebius,2 and honoured with St. Gorgonius: see the 9th of September. The same historian speaks of a third Dorotheus, a priest of Antioch in the same age, a most holy man, and perfectly skilled in the scriptures and in the Hebrew tongue.3
Note 1. The Synopsis of the Lives of the Prophets, Apostles, and Disciples, which bears the name of Dorotheus of Tyre, is the work of a modern Greek of no account, stuffed with fables, of which it was a fruitful source to Nicephorus Calixtus, a credulous and injudicious Greek, compiler of ecclesiastical history in the fourteenth century. See Bellarmin, de Scriptor. Tillemont, &c. [back]