The Patrologia Latina (Latin for The Latin Patrology) is an enormous collection of the writings of the Church Fathers and other ecclesiastical writers published by Jacques-Paul Migne between 1841 and 1855, with indices published between 1862 and 1865. It is also known as the Latin series as it formed one half of Migne's Patrologiae Cursus Completus, the other part being the Patrologia Graeco-Latina of patristic and medieval Greek works with their (sometimes non-matching) medieval Latin translations.
Although consisting of reprints of old editions, which often contain mistakes and do not comply with modern standards of scholarship, the series, due to its availability (it is present in many academic libraries) and the fact that it incorporates many texts of which no modern critical edition is available, is still widely used by scholars of the Middle Ages and is in this respect comparable to the Monumenta Germaniae Historica.
The Patrologia Latina includes Latin works spanning a millennium, from Tertullian (d. 230) to Pope Innocent III (d. 1216), edited in roughly chronological order in 217 volumes; volumes 1 to 73, from Tertullian to Gregory of Tours, were published from 1841 to 1849, and volumes 74 to 217, from Pope Gregory I to Innocent III, from 1849 to 1855. Although the collection ends with Innocent III, Migne originally wanted to include documents all the way up to the Reformation; this task proved too great, but some later commentaries or documents associated with earlier works were included.
Most of the works are ecclesiastic in nature, but there are also documents of literary, historical or linguistic (such as the Gothic bible in vol. 18) interest.
The printing plates for the Patrologia were destroyed by fire in 1868, but with help from the Garnier printing house they were restored and new editions were printed, beginning in the 1880s. These reprints did not always correspond exactly with the original series either in quality or internal arrangement, and caution should be exercised when referencing to the PL in general.
Table of contentsEdit
The Patrologia Latina contains authors of the 2nd to 13th centuries, in roughly chronological order, in 217 volumes: 2nd–4th c.: 1–19; 4th–5th c.: 20–63; 5th–6th c.: 64–72; 6th–7th c.: 74–88; 7th–8th c.: 89–96; 8th–9th c.: 97–130; 9th/10th c.: 131–136; 10th/11th c.: 137–149; 11th/12th c.: 151–174; 12th c.: 175–205; 12th/13th c.: 206–217.
Authors by rank or backgroundEdit
- Byzantine emperor Alexius I Comnenus (155)
- Crusader King Baldwin I of Jerusalem (155)
- Roman emperor Constantine I (8)
- Frankish Emperor Charlemagne (97–98)
- King Charles the Bald (124)
- Crusader Godfrey of Bouillon (155)
- Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor (140)
- King Lotharius I (97–98)
- King Louis the Pious (104)
- King Louis VII of France (155)
- including those not yet categorized
- Complete catalog of downloadable PDFs of PL volumes in Google Books and Archive.
- Catalog of PL volumes in Google Books, by Mischa Hooker.
- Patrologia Latina Digitalized Database at Documenta Catholica Omnia.
- Patrologia Latina Database (subscription required).
- (in French) Many latin and greek editions with translation in french.
- A comprehensive catalog of PL volumes in Google Books and Gallica, where was included duplicated imprints, with the year and the edition of each volume founded [Migne and/or Garnier brothers], by Francisco Arriaga [Updated May 11, 2010].
- Patrologia Latina (PL) PDF's at Roger Pearse.
- An open source XML version of the Patrologia Latina has been made available by the Open Greek and Latin Project at the University of Leipzig.