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Greek and Latin Narratives about the Ancient Martyrs (Eric Rebillard) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2017) 9780198739579
Greek and Latin Narratives about the Ancient Martyrs (Eric Rebillard) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2017) 9780198739579
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Title: Greek and Latin Narratives about the Ancient Martyrs

Author: Rebillard, Eric

Additional Authors or Contributors: (ed)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2017

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780198739579

Volumes: 1; Pages: 384

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Greek and Latin Narratives about the Ancient Martyrs provides a collection, with facing-page translations, of Greek and Latin Christian martyr narratives dating from the first four centuries CE. While Herbert Musurillo's authoritative collection The Acts of the Martyrs (1972) aimed to gather the most 'authentic' and 'reliable' accounts of early Christian martyrdom, Eric Rebillard argues that modern scholarship instead calls for texts which attest to the contexts in which the memories of the martyrs were constructed. As such, this extensive volume provides a textual basis for the study of martyr narratives without making assumptions about their date of composition or their authenticity. It focuses on the ancient martyrs executed before 260, and examines which of their texts was known to Eusebius or to Augustine. Introductions describe the hagiographical dossier of each martyr with crucial information about the manuscript tradition of the different texts and provide a terminus ante quem for their composition based only on external evidence.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations

INTRODUCTION

Collecting Martyr Narratives

The Notion of Authenticity

Principles of this Collection

DOSSIERS

Apollonius

Carpus, Papylus, and Agathonice

Pionius of Smyrna

Polycarp of Smyrna

Text and Translation of MPol

Text and Translation of LPol

The martyrs of Lyon and Vienne

Marian and James

Cyprian of Carthage

Fructuosus of Tarragona and his companions

Montanus, Lucius, and their companions

Perpetua, Felicity, and her companions

The Scilitan martyrs

Endmatter

Bibliography

Indices

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