By Procopius, who wrongly derives the name from several thousand Moors and Numidians who were banished to the island by the Vandal kings, while Gregory the Great speaks of them in a letter (iv.
The island between the two arms acquired the name of Insula Sacra (still called Isola Sacra) by which Procopius mentions it.
- Procopius, De Bellis and Historia Arcana (best edition by J.
The description given by Procopius does not indicate clearly where this church was situated.
"Gynaeconitis" is the term given by Procopius to the space reserved for women in the Eastern Church, and this separation of the sexes was maintained in the early Christian churches where there were separate entrances and accommodation for the men and women, the latter being placed in the triforium gallery, or, in its absence, either on one side of the church, the men being on the other, or occasionally in the aisles, the nave being occupied by the men.