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Herewith some medieval images of Peter of Alexandria. Many depict the vision in which a very youthful Christ whose linen tunic was rent in two is said legendarily to have appeared to Peter when the latter was awaiting execution and to have foretold the Arian schism. In some of these Arius prostrates himself either before Christ or directly below Him.

a) Peter of Alexandria as depicted in the later twelfth-century apse mosaics of the basilica cattedrale di Santa Maria in Monreale:
http://tinyurl.com/o8d8c9s

b) Peter of Alexandria as depicted in a late twelfth-century fresco (1199) in the church of the Transfiguration of the Savior at Nereditsa near Veliky Novgorod:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3414/3446558003_12436e97d2.jpg
Detail view:
http://tinyurl.com/7gz5kdy

c) Peter of Alexandria as depicted in the perhaps late twelfth-century frescoes by John Iveropoulos in the ossuary church of the Bačkovo monastery near Asenovgrad in south central Bulgaria's Plovdiv oblast (for a slightly clearer view, click on the image):
http://tinyurl.com/9f24l3j

d) Peter of Alexandria's vision as depicted in the late thirteenth- (so E. C. Constantinides [1992]) or earlier fourteenth-century frescoes (1320s; the usual dating) of the church of the Panagia Olympiotissa in Elasson (Larisa prefecture) in Thessaly:
http://tinyurl.com/22rozdd
Detail view (Peter of Alexandria):
http://tinyurl.com/28cgajw
Detail view (Christ):
http://tinyurl.com/29md4rm

e) Peter of Alexandria's vision as depicted in the earlier fourteenth-century frescoes (betw. ca. 1312 and 1321/1322) of the parecclesion of the Theotokos in the monastery church of the Theotokos at Gračanica in, depending upon one's view of the matter, the Republic of Kosovo or Serbia's province of Kosovo and Metohija:
http://tinyurl.com/bwa9tao 
Detail view (Peter of Alexandria):
http://tinyurl.com/bopd7mn
Detail view (Christ):
http://tinyurl.com/cppeby5
Detail view (Arius):
http://tinyurl.com/c4huujd

f) Peter of Alexandria (lower register; in the niche) as depicted in the earlier fourteenth-century frescoes (betw. 1313 and 1318; conservation work in 1968) by Michael Astrapas and Eutychios in the church of St. George at Staro Nagoričane in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia:
http://tinyurl.com/nhz6mvh

g) Peter of Alexandria's vision as depicted in the earlier fourteenth-century frescoes (1330s) in the prothesis of church of the Hodegetria in the Patriarchate of Peć at Peć in, depending upon one's view of the matter, either the Republic of Kosovo or Serbia's province of Kosovo and Metohija:
http://tinyurl.com/y9e767e
Detail view (Christ):
http://tinyurl.com/y8g3ugs

h) Peter of Alexandria (at left) as depicted in the earlier fourteenth-century frescoes (betw. 1335 and 1350) in the prothesis of the church of the Holy Ascension at the Visoki Dečani monastery near Peć in, depending upon one's view of the matter, either the Republic of Kosovo or Serbia's province of Kosovo and Metohija:
http://tinyurl.com/72nvdjb

i) Peter of Alexandria's martyrdom (at right; at left, pope St. Clement I) as depicted in the earlier fourteenth-century frescoes (betw. 1335 and 1350) in the narthex of the church of the Holy Ascension at the Visoki Dečani monastery near Peć in, depending upon one's view of the matter, either the Republic of Kosovo or Serbia's province of Kosovo and Metohija:
http://tinyurl.com/yjvkroz

j) Peter of Alexandria's vision as depicted in a fourteenth-century fresco in a small church in the rupestrian monastery of St. Michael the Archangel at Ivanovo in Bulgaria's Ruse oblast:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/65296793@N00/472316252/
http://i18.servimg.com/u/f18/09/04/27/32/vision10.jpg

k) Peter of Alexandria's vision (in lower left margin) as depicted in a later fourteenth- or earlier fifteenth-century abridgement of Godfrey of Viterbo's _Pantheon_ (Paris, BnF, ms. Latin 4935, fol. 44r):
http://tinyurl.com/lzek97d

l) Peter of Alexandria's vision as depicted in the earlier fifteenth-century frescoes (betw. 1406 and 1418) in the church of the Holy Trinity at the Manasija monastery near Despotovac (Pomoravlje dist.) in Serbia:
https://kb.osu.edu/dspace/handle/1811/40931

m) Peter of Alexandria's imprisonment and martyrdom (upper register) as depicted in a later fifteenth-century copy (1463) of Vincent of Beauvais' _Speculum historiale_ in its French-language version by Jean de Vignay (Paris, BnF, ms. Français 51, fol. 100r):
http://tinyurl.com/l62tgaz

n) Peter of Alexandria's vision as depicted in a late fifteenth-century fresco (early 1490s) by Philippos Goul in the church of the Timios Stavros tou Agiasmati at Platanistasa (Nicosia prefecture) in the Republic of Cyprus (in this portrait Peter's portrait is remarkably -- and probably designedly -- similar to the standard portraiture of St. Peter the Apostle):
http://tinyurl.com/7472qzg

o) Peter of Alexandria's vision (at right, through the arch; does anyone have a better view?) as depicted in an earlier fifteenth-century fresco (1527) by Theofanis Strelitzas-Bathas (Theophanes the Cretan) in the katholikon of the monastery of St. Nicholas Anapafsas in the Meteora district of Greece's Trikala prefecture:
http://tinyurl.com/6sc35j7

p) Peter of Alexandria's vision as depicted in an earlier sixteenth-century fresco (1546/47) by George / Tzortzis the Cretan in the katholikon of the Dionysiou monastery on Mt. Athos:
http://tinyurl.com/32mtm4h

Best,
John Dillon

On 11/26/14, "Heintzelman, Matthew" wrote:
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> Still in Alexandria, but this time for Saint Peter of Alexandria. Here a passage by Severus of Ashmumeen on his martyrdom from Wikipedia:
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> "And he took off his omophorion, and bared his neck, which was pure before the Lord, and said to them: «Do as you have been commanded». But the soldiers feared that trouble would befall them because of him. So they looked one at another, and not one of them dared to cut off his head, because of the dread which had fallen upon them. Then they took counsel together and said: «To him that cuts off his head each one of us will give five denarii». Now they were six persons; and one of them had some money; so he took out five and twenty denarii from among the coins and said : «He that will go up to him, and cut off his head, shall receive this money from me and from the four others». So one of the men went forward, and summoned up his courage, and cut off the head of the holy martyr and patriarch Peter; that day being the 29th of Hatur." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Peter_of_Alexandria)
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> Matt Heintzelman
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> Curator, Austria/Germany Study Center; Rare Book Cataloger, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML)
> Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota 56321-7300
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> Phone: 320-363-2795; Fax: 320-363-3222
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