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The Writing of the Apostolic Fathers:

The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians

The Second Epistle of Clement

The Epistle to Diognetus

The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians

The Martyrdom of Polycarp

The Epistles of St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans

The Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp

The Epistle of Barnabas

Fragments of Papias

THE ANTE-NICENE FATHERS: The Writings of St. Justin Martyr:

The First Apology of Justin

The Second Apology of Justin

Dialogue of Justin

Justin’s Hortatory Address to the Greeks

Justin on the Sole Government of God

Fragments of the Lost Work of Justin on the Resurrection

Other Fragments from the Lost Writings of Justin

The Martyrdom of the Holy Martyrs


The Writings of St. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons:

Against Heresies

Book I

Book II

Book III.

Book IV.

Book V.

The Preaching of the Apostles

Fragments from the Lost Writings of Irenaeus


The Shepherd of Hermas:

First Book-Visions

Vision First

Vision Second

Vision Third

Vision Fourth

Vision Fifth


Second Book-Commandments:

Commandment First

Commandment Second

Commandment Third

Commandment Fourth

Commandment Fifth

Commandment Sixth

Commandment Seventh

Commandment Eighth

Commandment Ninth

Commandment Tenth

Commandment Eleventh

Commandment Twelfth


Third Book-Similitudes.

Similitude First11

Similitude Second

Similitude Third

Similitude Fourth

Similitude Fifth

Similitude Sixth

Similitude Seventh

Similitude Eighth

Similitude Ninth

Similitude Tenth


Tatian the Assyrian.

Address of Tatian to the Greeks.


Theophilus of Antioch.

Theophilus to Autolycus

Book I.

Book II

Book III.



A Plea For the Christians

On the Resurrection of the Dead


Clement of Alexandra.

Exhortation to the Heathen

The Instructor. [Paedagogus.]

Book I

Book II.

Book III.

The Stromata, or Miscellanies

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV.

Book V.

Book VI.

Book VII.

Book VIII.

Fragments of Clemens Alexandrinus.

I.-From the Latin Translation of Cassiodorus

II.-Nicetas11 Bishop of Heraclea.

III.-From the Catena on Luke, Edited by Corderius.

IV.-From the Books of the Hypotyposes.

V.-From the Book on Providence.

VI.-From the Book on the Soul.

VII.-Fragment from the Book on Slander.

VIII.-Other Fragments from Antonius Melissa.

IX.-Fragment of the Treatise on Marriage.

X.-Fragments of Other Lost Books.

XI.-Fragments Found in Greek Only in the Oxford Edition.

XII.-Fragments Not Given in the Oxford Edition.

Who is the Rich Man that Shall Be Saved?




On Idolatry

The Shows, or De Spectaculis

The Chaplet, or De Corona

To Scapula

Ad Nationes

Book I.

Book II


An Answer to the Jews

The Soul’s Testimony

A Treatise on the Soul

The Prescription Against Heretics

The Five Books Against Marcion

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV

Book V

Against Hermogenes

Against the Valentinians

On the Flesh of Christ

On the Resurrection of the Flesh

Against Praxeas


Appendix. Against All Heresies

On Repentance

On Baptism.

On Prayer.

Ad Martyras

The Passion of the Holy Martyrs Perpetua and Felicitas

Of Patience

I. On the Pallium

II. On the Apparel of Women

Book I.

Book II.

III. On the Veiling of Virgins

IV. To His Wife

Book I.

Book II.

V. On Exhortation to Chastity

VI. On Monogamy

VII. On Modesty

VIII. On Fasting. In Opposition to the Psychics

IX. De Fuga in Persecutione

X. Appendix

1. A Strain of Jonah the Prophet.

2. A Strain of Sodom

3. Genesis

4. A Strain of the Judgment of the Lord

5. Five Books in Reply to Marcion



The Octavius of Minucius Felix.


The Instructions of Commodianus in Favour of Christian Discipline. Against the Gods of the Heathens. (Expressed in Acrostics)



Prologue of Rufinus.

Origen de Principiis

Book I.

Book II.

Book III.

Book IV.

A Letter to Origen from Africanus About the History of Susanna.

A Letter from Origen to Africanus.

A Letter from Origen to Gregory

Origen Against Celsus.

Book I.

Book II.

Book III.

Book IV.

Book V.

Book VI.

Book VII.

Book VIII.



The Refutation of All Heresies

Book I.

Book IV.

Book V.

Book VI.

Book VII.


Book IX.

Book X.

The Extant Works and Fragments of Hippolytus.

Part I.-Exegetical. Fragments from Commentaries on Various Books of Scripture.

Part II.-Dogmatical and Historical.



The Epistles of Cyprian

Epistle I.

Epistle II.

Epistle III.

Epistle IV.

Epistle V

Epistle VI

Epistle VII

Epistle VIII

Epistle IX

Epistle X

Epistle XI

Epistle XII

Epistle XIII

Epistle XIV

Epistle XV

Epistle XVI

Epistle XVII.

Epistle XVIII.

Epistle XIX

Epistle XX

Epistle XXI

Epistle XXII

Epistle XXIII

Epistle XXIV

Epistle XXV

Epistle XXVI

Epistle XXVII

Epistle XXVIII

Epistle XXIX

Epistle XXX

Epistle XXXI

Epistle XXXII

Epistle XXXIII

Epistle XXXIV

Epistle XXXV

Epistle XXXVI

Epistle XXXVII


Epistle XXXIX

Epistle XL

Epistle XLI

Epistle XLII

Epistle XLIII

Epistle XLIV

Epistle XLV

Epistle XLVI

Epistle XLVII

Epistle XLVIII

Epistle XLIX

Epistle L

Epistle LI

Epistle LII

Epistle LIII

Epistle LIV

Epistle LV

Epistle LVI

Epistle LVII

Epistle LVIII

Epistle LIX

Epistle LX To Euchratius, About an Actor.

Epistle LXI

Epistle LXII

Epistle LXIII

Epistle LXIV

Epistle LXV

Epistle LXVI

Epistle LXVII

Epistle LXVIII

Epistle LXIX

Epistle LXX

Epistle LXXI

Epistle LXXII

Epistle LXXIII

Epistle LXXIV

Epistle LXXV

Epistle LXXVI

Epistle LXXVII


Epistle LXXIX

Epistle LXXX

Epistle LXXXI

Epistle LXXXII


The Treatises of Cyprian

Treatise I. On the Unity of the Church

Treatise II On the Dress of Virgins.

Treatise III. On the Lapsed.

Treatise IV On the Lord’s Prayer.

Treatise V An Address to Demetrianus.

Treatise VI On the Vanity of Idols

Treatise VII. On the Mortality

Treatise VIII On Works and Alms.

Treatise IX. On the Advantage of Patience

Treatise X On Jealousy and Envy.

Treatise XI E xhortation to Martyrdom, Addressed to Fortunatus.

Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews.

The Seventh Council of Carthage Under Cyprian

Treatises Attributed to Cyprian on Questionable Authority.

On the Public Shows

On the Glory of Martyrdom

Of the Discipline and Advantage of Chastity

Exhortation to Repentance



Fragments of Caius


Gregory the Wonder-worker

A Declaration of Faith

A Metaphrase of the Book of Ecclesiastes

Canonical Epistle

The Oration and Panegyric Addressed to Origen

A Sectional Confession of Faith

On the Trinity.

Twelve Topics on the Faith.

On the Subject of the Soul

Four Homilies

The First Homily on the Annunciation to the Holy Virgin Mary

The Second Homily

The Second Homily

The Third Homily

The Fourth Homily

On All the Saints

On the Gospel According to Matthew



Part I.-Containing Various Sections of the Works.

Part II.-Containing Epistles, or Fragments of Epistles.

Exegetical Fragments

I.-A Commentary on the Beginning of Ecclesiastes

II.-The Gospel According to Luke.

III.-On Luke XXII. 42, Etc

IV.-An Exposition of Luke XXII. 46, Etc

V.-On John VIII. 12

VI.-Of the One Substance

VII.-On the Reception of the Lapsed to Penitence


Julius Africanus

I.-The Epistle to Aristides.

II.-Narrative of Events Happening in Persia on the Birth of Christ

III.-The Extant Fragments of the Five Books of the Chronography of Julius Africanus.

IV.-The Passion of St. Symphorosa and Her Seven Sons


Anatolius and Minor Writers

Fragments of the Books on Arithmetic


Alexander of Cappadocia.

From the Epistles of Alexander.


Theognostus of Alexandria.

From His Seven Books of Hypotyposes or Outlines.


Pierius of Alexandria

I.-A Fragment of a Work of Pierius on the First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians

II.-A Section on the Writings of Pierius


Theonas of Alexandria

The Epistle of Theonas, Bishop of Alexandria, to Lucianus, the Chief Chamberlain



An Exposition of the Chapters of the Acts of the Apostles



I.-The Epistle Written by Malchion

II.-Fragments Apparently of the Same Epistle of the Synod of Antioch

III.-From the Acts of the Disputation Conducted by Malchion Against Paul of Samosata

IV.-A Point in the Same Disputation



The Acts of the Disputation with the Heresiarch Manes



Of the Manichaeans


Peter, Bishop of Alexandria

The Genuine Acts of Peter

The Canonical Epistle

Fragments from the Writings of Peter.



Epistles on the Arian Heresy



The Banquet of the Ten Virgins

Discourse I.-Marcella.

Discourse II.-Theophila.

Discourse III.-Thaleia.

Discourse V.-Thallousa.

Discourse VI.-Agathe.

Discourse VII.-Procilla.

Discourse VIII.-Thekla.

Discourse IX.-Tusiane.

Discourse X.-Domnina.

Discourse XI.-Arete.

From the Discourse on the Resurrection

Oration Concerning Simeon and Anna

Oration on the Psalms

Three Fragments from the Homily on the Cross and Passion of Christ.

Some Other Fragments of the Same Methodios



The Seven Books of Arnobius Against the Heathen. (Adversus Gentes.)

Book I.

Book II

Book III.

Book IV.

Book V.

Book VI.

Book VII.




The Divine Institutes

Book I. Of the False Worship of the Gods.

Book II. Of the Origin of Error.

Book III. Of the False Wisdom of Philosophers.

Book IV. Of True Wisdom and Religion.

Book V. Of Justice.

Book VI. Of True Worship.

Book VII. Of a Happy Life.

A Treatise on the Anger of God

On the Workmanship of God, or the Formation of Man

Of the Manner in Which the Persecutors Died.

Fragments of Lactantius

The Phoenix

A Poem on the Passion of the Lord



On Easter


Asterius Urbanus

The Extant Writings of Asterius Urbanus



On the Creation of the World

Commentary on the Apocalypse of the Blessed John



Against the Sabellians


Apostolic Teaching and Constitutions

The Lord’s Teaching Through the Twelve Apostles to the Nations

Constitutions of the Holy Apostles

Book I.

Book II.

Book III.

Book IV.

Book V.

Book VI.

Book VII.

Book VIII.

The Ecclesiastical Canons of the Same Holy Apostles.11


Early Liturgies

The Divine Liturgy of James

The Divine Liturgy of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark

The Liturgy of the Blessed Apostles.





Church History

Book I.

Book II.

Book III.

Book IV.

Book V.

Book VI.

Book VII.

Book VIII.

Book IX.

Book X.


The Life of the Blessed Constantine


Book I.

Book II.

Book III.

Book IV.

The Oration of the Emperor Constantine

The Oration in Praise of the Emperor Constantine.


Socrates Scholasticus

Church History

Book I.

Book II.

Book III.

Book IV.

Book V.

Book VI.

Book VII.


Hermias Sozomen

Ecclesiastical History

Address to the Emperor Theodosius by Salaminius Hermias Sozomen, and Proposal for an Ecclesiastical History

Book I.

Book II.

Book III.

Book IV.

Book V.

Book VI.

Book VII.

Book VIII.

Book IX.