Feofan Prokopovich

(redirected from Prokopovich)

Prokopovich, Feofan


(Eleazar Prokopovich). Born June 8 (18), 1681, in Kiev; died Sept. 8 (19), 1736, in St. Petersburg. Church and public figure, Ukrainian and Russian writer. Bishop (1718), archbishop (1724). Associate of Peter I. Son of a merchant.

Prokopovich graduated from the Kiev Mogila Academy in 1698 and went to Poland, where he became a Uniate, and then left for Rome to continue his education. There he studied the Greek and Roman classics as well as philosophical and theological literature. Back in Kiev, he reconverted to Orthodoxy in 1704.

As one of the best-educated men of his time, he gave immediate and resolute support to Peter I’s reform work. He accompanied Peter on the Prut Campaign of 1711. On returning to Kiev, he became rector of the academy and taught poetry and rhetoric. In 1715 he was summoned to St. Petersburg, where he became Peter’s assistant for church administration during the abolition of the patriarchate and establishment of the Synod, of which Prokopovich was appointed vice-president in 1721. His literary-publicistic work was subordinated to the task of justifying and defending Peter’s political and cultural measures. In his Word on the Tsar’s Authority and Honor (1718), he defended unlimited autocratic authority and the justice of the trial of Tsarevich Aleksei. In the Preface to the Naval Regulations of 1719 and in the Word of Praise to the Russian Navy (1720), he glorified the creation of a powerful navy. In what was called the Spiritual Reglament of 1721, he provided theoretical justification for the new system of administration of the church, with the Synod at its head in place of the Patriarch.

Prokopovich wrote Russian and Latin verse, but his greatest influence on contemporary literature was as a preacher. His sermons represent a striking example of the publicistic genre. Placing civic duty above religious obligations, he urged that the state and not the church be served. In his sermons he avoided the excesses of literary adornment and rhetorical figures of speech, although he did not completely break with the tradition. In writing their odes, M. V. Lomonosov and A. P. Sumarokov were strongly influenced by ideas and themes found in Prokopovich’s oratorical prose.

Prokopovich was one of the founders of the Academy of Sciences. He headed what was called the learned circle, which included A. D. Kantemir and V. N. Tatishchev. Prokopovich left several historical works, including A History of Emperor Peter the Great from His Birth to the Battle of Poltava (c. 1713), A Brief Account of the Death of Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia (1726), and A History of the Selection and Accession … of Her Majesty Anna Ioannovna (1730). In these works he idealized Peter I and his accomplishments.


Slova i rechi pouchitel’nye, pokhval’nye i pozdravitel’nye, parts 1–4. St. Petersburg, 1760–74.
Soch. [Edited by I. P. Eremin.] Moscow-Leningrad, 1961.


Chistovich, I. A. Feofan Prokopovich i ego vremia. St. Petersburg, 1868.
Morozov, P. O. Feofan Prokopovich kakpisatel’. St. Petersburg, 1880.
Gudzii, N. K. “Feofan Prokopovich.” In Istoriia russkoi literatury, vol. 3, part 1. Moscow-Leningrad, 1941.
Peshtich, S. L. Russkaia istoriografiia XVIII v., part 1. Leningrad, 1961.
Luzhnyi, R. “‘Poetika’ F. Prokopovicha i teoriia poezii v Kievo-Mogilianskoi akademii.” In Rol’ i znachenie literatury XVIII v. Moscow-Leningrad, 1966.
Vinter, E. “F. Prokopovich i nachalo russkogo Prosveshcheniia.” Ibid.
Prosina, A. B. “Teoreticheskoe obosnovanie F. Prokopovichem reform Petra I.” Vestnik MGU: Ser. pravo, 1969, no. 6.
Kochetkova, N. D. “Oratorskaia proza Feofana Prokopovicha i puti formirovaniia literatury klassitsizma.” In XVIII vek: Sb. 9. Leningrad, 1974.


References in periodicals archive ?
Surnames, Names And Patronymics, Telephone Numbers Of The Customers Employees: Prokopovich Vladimir Leonidovich, +375 17 290 97 42, Omts@Zsvt.By
In that regard they were rather similar to Archbishop Feofan Prokopovich (1681-1736): while no "German," for sure, he was born and educated in Ukraine (and later in Western Europe) and belonged to a political culture and intellectual tradition that was very different from the Russian one.
[phrase omitted]; Prokopovich Ihor, ORCID: http://orcid.org/ 0000-0002-8059-6507
Prokopovich et al., "A 3D lateral electrode structure for diamond based microdosimetry," Applied Physics Letters, vol.
Alongside this, the long exchange between Russian Orthodox theologians and Lutherans in Moscow led Tsar Peter the Great (1682-1725), due to his close relations with the Lutherans in Germany and his advisor, Theophanes Prokopovich (1681-1736), to become inclined toward a (mainly political) "reformation" of the Russian church.
Editor Polina Prokopovich presents students, academics, researchers, and professionals working in a wide variety of contexts with a collection of academic papers and scholarly articles focused on contemporary research into nanomaterials and their applications in drug delivery, infection control, and biomedicine.
(6.) Feofan Prokopovich [Teofan Prokopovych], "Vladimir: Tragedokomediia," in Sochineniia, ed.
Such was, to cite the most famous example, the background of Peter the Great's companion in reforms Feofan Prokopovich (1681-1736).
In December last year Reuters cited the country's deputy prime minister Pyotr Prokopovich as saying that Belarus had offered Rosneft to raise its Mozyr interest if it managed to boost the plant's annual output to 20m tonnes by 2020.
McConnell, (4) Eldar Nadyrov, (2) Sergey Petrenko, (5) George Romanov, (2) Vasilina Yauseyenka, (2) Vladimir Drozdovitch, (1) Viktor Minenko, (6) Alexander Prokopovich, (2) Irina Savasteeva, (2) Lydia B.
These all more or less originated with the famous "Petersburg hive" invented in 1814 by Pyotr Prokopovich (1775-1850), whose magnum opus on beekeeping might have interested Tolstoy had its author been able to publish it during his lifetime and before Tolstoy gave up beekeeping (Jones 1).
Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vucic and Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Piotr Prokopovich spoke today about the improvement of economic and trade cooperation and mutual investments with the aim of increasing employment and solving the urgent economic problems of Serbia.Vucic said at a joint press conference held in the Serbian government after the meeting that he and Prokopovich discussed cooperation between the Serbian factory Prva Petoletka from Trstenik with its Belarus partner, and confirmed that a definite offer of cooperation should soon arrive from Belarus.He said the same goes for the factory 14.