Hagiography

Notes

  • We intend to populate this list of hagiographical writings with more of the numerous saints' Lives that are available in digitized form on the internet. This list represents only a foundation based on the major collections, especially of martyr acts.
  • Abbreviations: BHO = Bibliotheca Hagiographica Orientalis; ET = English translation; FT = French translation; GT = German translation; LT = Latin translation

 

Instrumenta

P. Peeters, Bibliotheca Hagiographica Orientalis (Brussels, 1910).

P. Peeters, ''Le martyrologe de Rabban Sliba'', Analecta Bollandiana 27 (1908): 129–200. (Here is Nau's collation of a new manuscript against Peeters' edition).

F. Nau, ed. Martyrologes et ménologes orientaux, I–XIII. Un martyrologie et douze ménologes syriaques édités et traduits. (Patrologia Orientalis 10.1). Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1912. [NB: Wright's editio princeps and ET of the fourth-century Martyrologium Syriacum from BL Add. 12,150 can be found here]

H. Delehaye, Synaxarium ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae (Brussels, 1902).

Menologion of Simeon Metaphrastes (PG 114, PG 115, PG 116)

Menologion of Basil (PG 117)

(NB: This latter three are not, strictly speaking, Syriac resources, but are, nevertheless, extremely important for the study of hagiography).

Roger Pearse has put up links to the very important Patrologia Orientalis here.

 

Collected Editions of Hagiographical Texts

(in alphabetical order by last name of editor or translator)

J.-B. Abbeloos, Acta Sancti Maris (Brussels, 1885). (= BHO 610, 1, 2) (And here.)


J.-B. Abbeloos, De vita et scriptis Sancti Jacobi, Batnarum Sarugi in Mesopotamia episcopi, cum ejusdem Syriacis carminibus duobus integris ac aliorum aliquot fragmentis, necnon Georgii ejus discipuli oratione panegyrica (Leuven, 1867). (= BHO 413)


A. Amiaud, ed. La légende syriaque de Saint Alexis, l’homme de Dieu (Paris, 1889). (= BHO 36–40)


S.E. Assemani, ed. Acta sanctorum martyrum Orientalium et Occidentalium in duas partes distributa, adcedunt Acta S. Simeonis Stylitae (Rome, 1748).


Volume 1: Eastern Martyrs

 

Volume 2: Western Martyrs

Volume 2, continued: Martyrs of Palestine

German translations of some of the martyrdoms in Assemani can be found in O. Braun, Ausgewählte Akten persischer Märtyrer (Munich, 1915).

Braun also includes translations of the following Persian martyrs:

 

 

P. Bedjan, ed., Acta martyrum et sanctorum, 6 vols. (Paris–Leipzig, 1890–1897).

Volume 1:


    Volume 2:

    Volume 3:

    Volume 4:

    Volume 5:

    Volume 6:


    P. Bedjan, ed., Histoire de Mar-Jabalaha, de trois autres patriarches, d’un prêtre et de deux laïques nestoriens (Paris, 1893).


      E.W. Brooks, ed., Vitae virorum apud Monophysitas celeberrimorum: Pars prima. CSCO Syr. III.25 [7–8] (Paris, 1907).


        E.W. Brooks, ed. John of Ephesus. Lives of the Eastern Saints (Patrologia Orientalis 17.1, 18.4, 19.2) (Paris, 1923-1925).

        Patrologia Orientalis 17.1 [Table of Contents]

        Patrologia Orientalis 18.4 [Table of Contents]

        Patrologia Orientalis 19.2 [Table of Contents]

                1. Life of Habib
                2. Life of Z’ura
                3. Life of John the Nazirite
                4. Lives of Abraham and Maro
                5. Lives of Simeon and Sergius
                6. Life of Paul the Anchorite
                7. Life of Abraham the Recluse
                8. Life of Addai the chorepiscopus
                9. Life of Mare of Beth Urtaye
                10. Life of Simeon the Bishop
                11. Life of Harfat
                12. Lives of Mary and Euphemia
                13. Lives of Thomas and Stephen the notaries and syncelli of Mare of Amid
                14. Life of Abbi
                15. Lives of Two Monks
                16. Life of Simeon the Mountaineer
                17. Of a stranger who would not give his name
                18. Of a monk who left a convent without being released
                19. Life of Zacharias
                20. Of a monk from the same convent as Zacharias and about Sound Training
                21. Life of Thomas the Armenian
                22. Lives of Addai and Abraham
                23. Life of Simeon the Solitary
                24. Life of John of Thella
                25. Life of John of Hephaestopolis
                26. Life of Thomas of Damascus
                27. Life of Susan the Virgin
                28. Life of Mary the anchorite
                29. Life of Malkha the mendicant and stranger
                30. Life of Elijah of Dara
                31. Lives of Elijah and Theodore
                32. Of a monk who stole
                33. Life of Hala
                34. Life of Simeon the Scribe
                35. Of the Amidene convents
                36. Life of Mare the Solitary
                37. (missing)
                38. Life of Aaron
                39. Life of Leontius
                40. Life of Abraham the presbyter
                41. Lives of Bassian and Romanus
                42. Lives of Mar, Sergius, and Daniel
                43. Lives of four deacons
                44. Life of Tribunus
                45. Life of Isaac
                46. Life of Paul of Antioch
                47. Of the refugees in Constantinople
                48. Lives of five patriarchs
                49. Life of James
                50. Lives of James and Theodore
                51. Life of Kashish
                52. Lives of two Antiochenes
                53. Life of Priscus
                54. Life of Caesaria
                55. Lives of John and Sosiana
                56. Lives of Peter and Photius
                57. Life of Theodore the castrensis
                58. History of the Convent of John Urtaya
                59. Appendix: Spurious life of James
                60. Appendix: translation of the relics of James

         

        E.A.W. Budge, The Book of Paradise, Being the Histories and Sayings of the Monks and Ascetics of the Egyptian Desert by Palladius, Hieronymus and Others: The Syriac Texts, according to the Recension of ‘Anân-Îshô‘ of Bêth ‘Âbhê (London, 1904). (Volume 1: English; Volume 2: English, cont. & Syriac) (Huge CPART files: Volume 1Volume 2)


        F.C. Burkitt, ed., Euphemia and the Goth, with the Acts of Martyrdom of the Confessors of Edessa (London–Oxford, 1913).


        W. Cureton, History of the Martyrs of Palestine by Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea, discovered in a very ancient Syriac Manuscript (London and Paris, 1861).


        J.-B. Chabot, ''Histoire de Jésus-Sabran, écrite par Jésus-Yab d’Adiabène, publiée d’après le ms. syr. CLXI de la Bibliothèque Vaticane'', Nouvelles archives des missions scientifiques et littéraires 7 (1897): 485–584. (= BHO 451)


        J.-B. Chabot, ed., La légende de Mar Bassus, martyr persan, suivie de l’histoire de la fondation de son couvent à Apamée, d’après un manuscrit de la Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris, 1893). (= BHO 174)

         

        J.-B. Chabot, ed. Documenta ad origines monophysitarum illustrandas. CSCO Syr. II, 37. (Paris, 1907). (Syriac text)


        H. Feige, ed., Die Geschichte des Mâr ‘Abhdîšô‘ und seines Jüngers Mâr Qardagh (Kiel, 1890). (= BHO 555)


        J. Gildemeister, ed., Acta S. Pelagiae syriace (Bonn, 1879). (= BHO 919)


        H.G. Kleyn, ed. Het Leven van Johannes van Tella door Elias: Syrische tekst en Nederlandsche vertaling (Leiden, 1882). (= BHO 524) (and here)

         

        P.A. de Lagarde, Reliquiae iuris ecclesiastici antiquissimae, syriace primus edidit. (Leipzig, 1856).

         

        P. A. de Lagarde, ed. Analecta syriaca. (Leipzig, 1858). (Read Cowper's review for partial translations of some of these texts)

         

        T.J. Lamy, "Acta Abrahae Kidunaiae monachi," AB 10 (1891): 10–49. (= BHO 16–17)


        A.S. Lewis, ed., Acta Mythologica Apostolorum Transcribed from an Arabic Ms. in the Convent of Deyr-es-Suriani, Egypt, and from Mss. in the Convent of St Catherine, on Mount Sinai, Horae Semiticae 3 (London, 1904).

            • Palimpsest Fragments of the Acts of Judas Thomas (Syriac) (ET) (= BHO 1204 1,2)

         

        A.S. Lewis and M. Dunlop Gibson, ed., Palestinian Syriac Texts from Palimpsest Fragments in the Taylor-Schechter Collection (London, 1900).


        A. S. Lewis, ed. Apocrypha Syriaca: The Protevangelium Jacobi and Transitus Mariae, with Texts from the Septuagint, the Corân, the Peshitta, and from a Syriac Hymn in a Syro-Arabic Palimpsest of the Fifth and Other Centuries (London, 1902).

         

        A.S. Lewis, ed., Select Narratives of Holy Women from the Syro-Antiochene or Sinai Palimpsest as Written above the Old Syriac Gospels by John the Stylite, of Beth-Mari-Qanûn in A.D. 778, Studia Sinaitica 9–10 (London, 1900).

         

        G. Mösinger and P. Zingerle, eds., Monumenta Syriaca ex Romanis codicibus collecta, 2 vols. (Innsbruck, 1869, 1878).

         

        A. Palmer, ed. Life of Gabriel of Qartmin.  From the microfiche supplement to idem, Monk and Mason on the Tigris Frontier: The Early History of Tur ‘Abdin, University of Cambridge Oriental Publications 39 (Cambridge, 1990).

        (Linked here by permission of the author, who holds the copyright.)

         

        A. Palmer, ed., Tašʻita d-qadiša Mar Šmuʾel w-Mar Šemʻon w-Mar Gabriʾel / maṣḥa wa-sriṭa men nuske ʻatiqe b-yad ʼAndrʼos Baʼlmar (Monastery of Mar Ephrem, Holland, 1983).

         

        G. Phillips, ed. The Doctrine of Addai, the Apostle, now First Edited in a Complete Form in the Original Syriac, with an English Translation and Notes. (London, 1876) (= BHO 24)

         

        J.-B. Pitra, Analecta sacra spicilegio solesmensi parata, Vol. 4 (Paris, 1883). (Syriac edited by J.P.P. Martin)

        Clement of Rome, From his Second Epistle to the Corinthians

        Polycarp

        Justin Martyr, On the Orthodox Faith

        Irenaeus of Lyon

        Melito, On Faith

        Hippolytos, Fragments

        Sextus Julius Africanus, Fragment on the Appearance of Moses and Elijah to our Lord

        Cyprian, Fragments

        Gregory the Wonderworker, Fragments

        Dionysios of Alexandria, Excerpts from Letters, including letters to several bishops of Rome and to Paul of Samosata

        Excerpts on the Condemnation of Paul of Samosata

        Peter of Alexandria, Fragments

        Alexander of Alexandria, Fragments

        Methodios, Philosopher, Bishop and Martyr, Fragments

        Eustathios of Antioch, Fragments

        Serapion, Bishop of Thmuis, Homily on Virginity

        Canons of the Council of Ancyra

        Canons of the Council of Neo-Cesarea

        Council of Nicaea, History and Canons

        Letter of Dionysios the Areopagite to Timothy, concerning the martyrdom of Peter and Paul


        R. Raabe, Die Geschichte des Dominus Mâri, eines Apostels des Orients: Aus dem Syrischen übersetzt und untersucht (Leipzig, 1893). (= BHO 610, 1, 2) (And here.)


        I.E. Rahmani, ed. Studia Syriaca, seu collectio documentorum hactenus ineditorum ex codicibus Syriacis, 5 vols. (Charfeh, 1904–1909).

        Volume 1:

         

        Volume 2:

         

        Volume 3:

         

        Volume 4:

        Volume 5:


        E. Sachau, ed., Inedita Syriaca: Eine Sammlung syrischer Übersetzungen von Schriften griechischer Profanliteratur, mit einem Anhang, aus den Handschriften des Brittischen Museums herausgegeben (Vienna, 1870).

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         


        F. Schulthess, Probe einer syrischen version der Vita St. Antonii (Leipzig, 1894). (= BHO 68, 1, 2)

         

        P. Zingerle, ed. Chrestomathia Syriaca. (Rome, 1871).

         

        Individual Saints' Lives

        (in alphabetical order by name of saint)

         

        Aaron of Sarug (d. 337)

        F. Nau, and L. Leroy, eds. Les légendes syriaques d’Aaron de Saroug, de Maxime et Domèce, d’Abraham, maître de Barsôma, et de l’empereur Maurice; Les miracles de Saint Ptolémée. PO 5 (Paris, 1910), pp. 703-749. (= BHO p. 273)

         

        Abraham of Antioch (d. 406)

        F. Nau, and L. Leroy, eds. Les légendes syriaques d’Aaron de Saroug, de Maxime et Domèce, d’Abraham, maître de Barsôma, et de l’empereur Maurice; Les miracles de Saint Ptolémée. PO 5 (Paris, 1910), pp. 768-773. ( = BHO, p. 274)

         

        Abraham Qidunaya (6th century)

        T.J. Lamy, ‘Acta Abrahae Kidunaiae monachi,’ Analecta Bollandiana 10 (1891), 10–49. (= BHO 16–17)


        Addai the Apostle

        G. Phillips, ed. The Doctrine of Addai, the Apostle, now First Edited in a Complete Form in the Original Syriac, with an English Translation and Notes (London, 1876). (= BHO 24)


        Ahudemmeh (d. 575)

        F. Nau, Histoires d’Ahoudemmeh et de Marouta, métropolitains jacobites de Tagrit et de l’Orient (VIe et VIIe siècles), suivies du traité d’Ahoudemmeh sur l’homme, Patrologia Orientalis 3.1 [11] (Paris, 1905), 15–51. (= BHO 35)


        Alexius, the Man of God (Fifth Century)

        A. Amiauded. La légende syriaque de Saint Alexis, l’homme de Dieu. (Paris, 1889).

        (BHO 36-40) (text)

        (BHO 41-42) (text)

         

        Anthony (d. 356)

        Bedjan, AMS, V, pp. 1-121. ( =BHO 68)

        Other editions

        F. Schulthess, Probe einer syrischen version der Vita St. Antonii (Leipzig, 1894), pp. 1-19.

        Fragments in A.S. Lewis and M. Dunlop Gibson, Palestinian Syriac Texts (London, 1900), pp. 89-104.


        The Doctrine of the Apostles

        W. Cureton, ed. Ancient Syriac Documents Relative to the Earliest Establishment of Christianity in Edessa and the Neighbouring Countries, from the Year after Our Lord’s Ascension to the Beginning of the Fourth Century. (London / Edinburgh, 1864). (ET) (Syriac) (= BHO 81)


        Apphianus/Appian (d. 306)

        Bedjan, AMS I, pp. 220-209. (Syriac) (= BHO 94)

        Assemani, ASO II, 189-195 (Syriac) (FT) (= BHO 95)

         

        Dionysios the Areopagite

        M.-A. Kugener, ''Une autobiographie syriaque de Denys l’Aréopagite'', Oriens Christianus 1.7 (1907), 292–339. (= BHO 255a–255c)


        Ephrem the Syrian (d. 378)

        T.J. Lamy, Sancti Ephraem Syri hymni et sermones, vol. 2 (Malines, 1890), cols. 3–89. (= BHO 269)

        J.S. Assemani, Bibliotheca Orientalis, vol. 1 (Rome, 1719), 26–55. (= BHO 270)


        Isaac of Nineveh (7th century)

        I. E. Rahmani, ed. Studia Syriaca, seu collectio documentorum hactenus ineditorum ex codicibus Syriacis. vol. 1 (Charfeh, 1904). (lomadh-gomal) (= BHO 540)

        J.S. Assemani, Bibliotheca Orientalis, vol. 1, pp. 444–445 (Arabic) (= BHO 541)


        Jacob Baradaeus  (d. 578)

        1. Vita:

        Land, Anecdota Syriaca, vol. 2, pp. 364–383. (= BHO 392)

        2. How Jacob Baradaeus’ Bones Were Taken from the Monastery of Casion by the Monks of Pesilta, by Kyriakos of Amid

        M. A. Kugener, ed., Comment le corps de Jacques Baradée fut enlevé du couvent de Casion par les moines de Phesiltha, récit de Mar Cyriaque, Bibliothèque hagiographique orientale 3 (Paris, 1902) (= BHO 393)


        John Bar Aphtonia (d. 538)

        F. Nau, ed. Vie de Jean bar Aphtonia: texte syriaque, Bibliothèque hagiographique orientale 2 (Paris, 1902), 17–24. (= BHO 497)


        John Bar Penkaye (7th century)

        I.E. Rahmani, ed. Studia Syriaca, seu collectio documentorum hactenus ineditorum ex codicibus Syriacis, vol. 1 (Charfeh, 1904). (lomadh-he) (BHO 502)


        John of Dalyatha (8th century)

        I.E. Rahmani, ed. Studia Syriaca, seu collectio documentorum hactenus ineditorum ex codicibus Syriacis, vol. 1 (Charfeh, 1904). (lomadh-dolath) (= BHO 510)


        John of Tella (d. 538)

        H.G. Kleyn, ed. Het Leven van Johannes van Tella door Elias: Syrische tekst en Nederlandsche vertaling (Leiden, 1882). (= BHO 524) (and here)

         

        Maccabean Martyrs

        R.L. Bensly, and W. E. Barnes, eds. The Fourth Book of Maccabees and Kindred Documents in Syriac First Edited on Manuscript Authority (Cambridge:, 1895), 104–115. (= BHO, p. 276)


        Marutha (d. 649)

        F. Nau, Histoires d’Ahoudemmeh et de Marouta, métropolitains jacobites de Tagrit et de l’Orient (VIe et VIIe siècles), suivies du traité d’Ahoudemmeh sur l’homme, Patrologia Orientalis 3.1 [11] (Paris, 1905), 61–96. (= BHO 719)


        Qardag (d. 367)

        I.B. Abbeloos, Acta Mar Kardaghi Assyriae praefecti, qui sub Sapore II martyr occubuit (Leipzig, 1890). (= BHO 556)

        H. Feige, ed. Die Geschichte des Mâr ‘Abhdîšô‘ und seines Jüngers Mâr Qardagh (Kiel, 1890).

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