Church Fathers in original Latin

I was wondering, is there anywhere to buy the Church Fathers, or any of the saints since, in their original Latin language? I would be interested in Augustines or Jeromes or Tertullians writings in Latin.

You could try the Loeb Classical Library of Harvard University Press.

tee

Two points:

  1. Sorry to bear bad news (especially if youve put a lot of time into Latin!) but many of the Fathers are in Greek. Latin will get you far with many of them, on the bright side.
  2. Try a local Catholic college/university library, if you can get to one–you might strike the gold mine of a complete set or at least find the specific stuff you’re looking for. Granted, you wouldnt be able to buy, but the access can be enough for smaller projects. If you have specific works in mind, you can certainly google many of them to much success (since I doubt ol’ Tertie has been keeping his copyright papers up to date).

God Bless–
mong00se

[quote=jimmy]I was wondering, is there anywhere to buy the Church Fathers, or any of the saints since, in their original Latin language? I would be interested in Augustines or Jeromes or Tertullians writings in Latin.
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Sure there is. The problem is that Latin texts are usually expensive (since they’re hardly in mass demand these days). Loeb is the best bet–you can get Augustine (Confessions, City of God, selected letters), Bede, Boethius, a couple of Tertullian’s works together with the Octavius of Minucius Felix, Jerome’s selected letters, and maybe more.

If you’re really serious you can buy copies of the Corpus Christianorum, which contains the best modern critical editions of many texts. But these are likely to be prohibitively expensive.

Second-hand bookstores are also a good place to look. But you may need to visit a local academic library and see if they will give you a card (many will).

Edwin

[quote=tee_eff_em]You could try the Loeb Classical Library of Harvard University Press.

tee
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Thankyou, that is very helpful. Just what I was lookin for.

Two points:

  1. Sorry to bear bad news (especially if youve put a lot of time into Latin!) but many of the Fathers are in Greek. Latin will get you far with many of them, on the bright side.
  2. Try a local Catholic college/university library, if you can get to one–you might strike the gold mine of a complete set or at least find the specific stuff you’re looking for. Granted, you wouldnt be able to buy, but the access can be enough for smaller projects. If you have specific works in mind, you can certainly google many of them to much success (since I doubt ol’ Tertie has been keeping his copyright papers up to date).

God Bless–
mong00se

I realize that most of them were Greek, but I am more knowledgable of latin currently, but I am in the process of learning the Greek. I actually have looked at the Penn State library and they have them, but I am graduating in a few months and it wouldn’t work.

Sure there is. The problem is that Latin texts are usually expensive (since they’re hardly in mass demand these days). Loeb is the best bet–you can get Augustine (Confessions, City of God, selected letters), Bede, Boethius, a couple of Tertullian’s works together with the Octavius of Minucius Felix, Jerome’s selected letters, and maybe more.

If you’re really serious you can buy copies of the Corpus Christianorum, which contains the best modern critical editions of many texts. But these are likely to be prohibitively expensive.

Second-hand bookstores are also a good place to look. But you may need to visit a local academic library and see if they will give you a card (many will).

Edwin

Wow, unless 200 Euros converts to 20 US dollars, it is a little expensive. Definately prohibitive.

Yes, for me too. But then I live near good academic libraries, and have for years (currently my wife works in one!). What I’d do if I were back in East Tennesee where I grew up, I don’t know. But Loeb is in just about any college library, and some of it should be in any good public library. And you can often pick volumes up cheaply in second-hand books stores. The Corpus Christianorum, though, is pretty much just for academic libraries (unfortunately). In fact, in many libraries it’s in the reference section and you can’t check it out.

Edwin

[quote=Contarini]Yes, for me too. But then I live near good academic libraries, and have for years (currently my wife works in one!). What I’d do if I were back in East Tennesee where I grew up, I don’t know. But Loeb is in just about any college library, and some of it should be in any good public library. And you can often pick volumes up cheaply in second-hand books stores. The Corpus Christianorum, though, is pretty much just for academic libraries (unfortunately). In fact, in many libraries it’s in the reference section and you can’t check it out.

Edwin
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Here at Penn State they have all that stuff. They have mansi’s series and corpus colosum. The problem is that I did not discover that they had it till recently and I am leaving in 3 months.

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