Guest Post: Anthony Alcock – The Life of St. Apolinaria

This translation has been made from the Greek text in Cod. Vat. Gr. 819 (folios 213 v ff.), published for the first time by Dr. James Drescher in Three Coptic Legends (Cairo, 1947) pp. 159 ff., where extensive bibliographical details about the text can be found. Dr Drescher cites a Latin version of the text published in Patrologia Graeca 114 col. 321ff. Migne, however, states that he was unnable to find the Greek, so he copied the Latin from Laurentius Surius De probatis sanctorum historiis ab Al. Lipomano olim conscriptis nunc primum a Laur. Surio emendatis et auctis (Cologne 1570- 1575). I have not seen this work, but I will assume that Surius was familiar with the Greek version.

The text published by Drescher ends at the point where Apolinaria has revealed herself to her astonished parents (219 r). Since Drescher does not indicate that the text is incomplete, one can only assume that the missing final page is the result of a publishing oversight. I have translated the remainder from the text in Migne. The folio numbers in brackets are those provided by Drescher.

Download the text HERE.


About Alin Suciu

I am a researcher at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. I write mostly on Coptic literature, Patristics, and apocryphal texts.
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