Son of a fourth-century senator in Zeugma on the River Euphrates (in modern Turkey). When he came of age, Publius sold his estate and possessions, gave the proceeds to help the poor, and went to live as a hermit. He eventually attracted a number of would-be students and formed then into a community of monks. The diet and living conditions for he and his brother were extremely poor and harsh by choice, but they hated laziness and worked endlessly at their devotions and at charity to others.
- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Lives of the Saints, by Father Alban Butler
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
- “Saint Publius of Zeugma“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 January 2013. Web. 6 May 2015. <>