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Ancient Christian Writers: Nicene Era Collection (18 vols.)
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Overview

Comprising a robust and diverse compilation of homilies, biographies, and theological treatises, this collection illuminates the world of the Nicene era and the life and thought of its most influential Church Fathers. Eighteen volumes of primary sources—many translated into English for the first time—provide readers access to the most critical texts from the determinative period of Nicea.

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Key Features

  • Contains the most influential documents of the Nicene era
  • Provides many works for the first time in English
  • Includes a diverse array of texts including letters, homilies, and theological treatises

Individual Titles

St. Athanasius: The Life of St. Antony

  • Author: Athanasius of Alexandria
  • Translator: Robert T. Meyer
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1950
  • Pages: 166

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This biography of St. Anthony—the recognized father of monasticism—is widely considered the most important document of early monasticism.

Evagrius Ponticus: Ad Monachos

  • Author: Evagrius
  • Translator: Jeremy Driscoll
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 416

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The first translation in English, Ad Monachos is a collection of monastic wisdom in proverbs.

St. Gregory of Nyssa: The Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes

  • Author: Gregory of Nyssa
  • Translator: Hilda C. Graef
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1954
  • Pages: 244

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These intensely practical homilies are full of examples of the moral, social, medical, and scientific life of Gregory’s time. They paint a picture of a man thoroughly conversant with human nature in general, and in the needs of his contemporaries.

St. John Chrysostom: Baptismal Instructions

  • Author: John Chrysostom
  • Translator: Paul W. Harkins
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1963
  • Pages: 384

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This series of eight instructions on baptism were given by St. John Chrysostom, probably at Antioch about AD 390. They describe Chrysostom’s activity as a mystagogue for baptismal candidates, as their instructor in Christian doctrine, and in postbaptismal morality.

Egeria: Diary of a Pilgrimage

  • Author: Egeria
  • Translator: George E. Gingras
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1970
  • Pages: 287

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Written in the first part of the fifth century, this work is a charming record of the observations of a Christian woman on a lengthy pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. Her firsthand account is a work of major significance for the fields of archaeology, church history, philology, and comparative liturgy.

Firmicus Maternus: The Error of the Pagan Religions

  • Author: Frimicus Maternus
  • Translator: Clarence A. Forbes
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1970
  • Pages: 260

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A distinguished and literate convert, as well as a former astrologer, Firmicus Maternus called for the ferocious and brutal destruction of paganism by the state. Addressing the brothers, emperors Constantius and Constans, this work was written no later than AD 350.

Palladius: Dialogue on the Life of St. John Chrysostom

  • Author: Palladius
  • Editor: Robert T. Meyer
  • Translator: Robert T. Meyer
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1985
  • Pages: 249

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Probably written between AD 406–408, this dialogue between an unidentified bishop and Theodore—a deacon of a church in Rome—aims to point out Chrysostom as a model of what a true Christian bishop should be.

Palladius: The Lausiac History

  • Author: Palladius
  • Editor: Robert T. Meyer
  • Translator: Robert T. Meyer
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1964
  • Pages: 274

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Comprised of biographical sketches of early monastics, Palladius has written an important collection on 60 holy men and women whom he had personally met. The work, dating from around AD 420, is dedicated to Lausus, the royal chamberlain at the court of Emperor Theodosius II.

Theodoret of Cyrus: A Cure for Pagan Maladies

  • Author: Theodoret of Cyrus
  • Translator: Thomas Halton
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 250

Theodoret is the last great torchbearer of Christian rhetoric in Asia, and De Providentia is regarded by many as exhibiting his literary power in its highest form.

Theodoret of Cyrus: On Divine Providence

  • Author: Theodoret of Cyrus
  • Translator: Thomas Halton
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 238

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Theodoret is the last great torchbearer of Christian rhetoric in Asia, and De Providentia is regarded by many as exhibiting his literary power in its highest form.

John Cassian: The Conferences

  • Author: John Cassian
  • Translator: Boniface Ramsey
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 912

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The first complete English translation of John Cassian’s Conferences, this work records the dialogues between Cassian and his traveling companion, Germanus, and other great desert masters. They discuss the idea of “the purity of heart” and other goals on the spiritual life.

The Letters of St. Jerome, vol. 1

  • Author: St. Jerome
  • Translator: Charles Christopher Mierow
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1963
  • Pages: 288

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Provides an intimate portrait of the brilliant but strong minded Jerome; one of the four great doctors of the Christian West, and the most learned of the Latin fathers.

Quodvultdeus of Carthage: The Creedal Homilies

  • Author: Quodvultdeus
  • Translator: Thomas Macy Finn
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 160

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The Creedal Homilies is a translation and commentary on the recently recovered and critically edited homilies on the Nicene Creed delivered by Quodvultdeus, the last pre-Vandal archbishop of Carthage and young contemporary of St. Augustine.

Rufinus: A Commentary on the Apostles Creed

  • Author: Rufinus
  • Translator: J. N. D. Kelly
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1978
  • Pages: 176

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The most important work of Rufinus, and aimed at persons under instruction for the sacraments, this work offers a guide to teaching and defending the Creed. It offers a glimpse of popular Christian apologetics at the beginning of the fifth century. Edited by J. N. D. Kelly.

Sermons of St. Maximus of Turin

  • Author: Maximus of Turin
  • Translator: Boniface Ramsey
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 400

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Maximus’ sermons are models of a good, popular homiletic style that was widespread in the late fourth century. Short, characterized by a love of imagery, and with passages of great beauty, they are direct and easy to understand. In them Maximus manifests his engagement with his rural, superstitious and devout congregation. Maximus’ ministered in Turin between AD 390 and 408/423.

St. Jerome: Commentary on Ecclesiastes

  • Author: St. Jerome
  • Translator: Richard J. Goodrich
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 272

This first English translation of St. Jerome’s Commentary on Ecclesiastes includes a discussion by the translators that elucidates the difficulties of Jerome’s text, but also presents an original view of Jerome’s hermeneutical approach to the theological issues raised by this challenging book of the Bible.

St. Prosper of Aquitaine: Defense of St. Augustine

  • Author: St. Prosper
  • Translator: P. De Letter
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1963
  • Pages: 256

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The first document of the semi-Pelagian controversy, the Defense of St. Augustine examines several mutually connected points of doctrine, all of them centered on the gratuity of grace, the undeserved gift of God.

St. Prosper of Aquitaine: The Call of All Nations

  • Author: St. Prosper
  • Translator: P. De Letter
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1952
  • Pages: 248

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The first document of the semi-Pelagian controversy, the Defense of St. Augustine examines several mutually connected points of doctrine, all of them centered on the gratuity of grace, the undeserved gift of God.

Product Details

  • Title: Ancient Christian Writers: Nicene Era Collection
  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Volumes: 18
  • Pages: 5,480