Basil the Confessor (died 750) was an Eastern Orthodoxsaint who lived in the 8th century and was tortured by the Byzantine EmperorLeo III. With his pupil Prokopy, St. Basil the Confessor, who was a monk, was imprisoned for venerating icons, since at that time it was prohibited. Both languished in prison until the death of the emperor. After Leo III died in 741, St. Basil was taken out of prison. He died in 750 and is venerated February 28 (New Style; March 13 Old Style).