Contents of the Vitae Patrum

Prolegomena (not yet translated)

Title Page of 1628 edition

Book One,
by various authors, pages 1 - 423 , in four parts, !a, 1b, 1c, 1d

Book  1a
1.    Life of Paul the First Hermit by St Jerome
2.  Life of the blessed Antony, by St Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, translated into Latin by Evagrius priest of Antioch. Can be obtained, with notes and introduction, from Benedict Baker, Coed Glas, Talgarth Road, Bronllys, Brecon, Powys, LD3 0HN. Price £4.50 including p&p
Published by Fellowship of Solitaries ( ) who also have other publications on the solitary life.

3.   The Life of Saint Hilarion, Monk by Jerome, presbyter & divine
4.   The Life of Saint Malchus, Monk and Captive by Jerome, presbyter
5.   The Life of Saint Onuphrius, Hermit, by Abba Paphnutius
6.   The Life of Saint Pachomius, Abbot of Tabennisi, by an unknown Greek Author
7.   The Life of Saint Abraham, Hermit, by S. Ephraem the Deacon
8.   The Life of Saint Basil,Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia. by Bishop Amphilochius Iconius,

Book 1b
9.   The Life of Saint Ephraem of Syria, a deacon of Edessa, by an unknown Greek writer
10.  The Life of St Simeon Stylites by Antony, his disciple
11.  The Life of St John the Almsgiver by Leontius, bishop of Neapolis in Cyprus
12.  The Life of Saints Epictetus, presbyter and Astion, monk, by an unknown writer
13.  The Life of Saint Macarius of Rome, a servant of God, by Theophilus, Sergius and Hyginus
14.  The Life of the blessed Posthumius, the father of five thousand monks, by an unknown author
15.  The Life of St Frontonius, abbot, author unknown

Book 1c
The Life of Barlaam and Josaphat , not yet translated

Book 1d The holy women of the Vitae
16.  The Life of St Eugenia, Virgin and Martyr, by an unknown author
17.  The Life of St Euphrasia (or Euphraxia), Virgin, by an unknown author
18.  The Life of St Euphrosyna, Virgin, by an unknown author
19.  The Life of St Mary the Harlot, by St Epphraem the Archdeacon
20.  The Life of St Thais the Harlot by an unknown author
21.  The Life of St Pelagia the Harlot by Jacob the deacon
22.  The Life of St Mary of Egypt by Sophronius, Bishop of Jrusalem
23.  The Life of St Marina Virgin  by an unknown author
24.  The Life of St Fabiola, Virgin and Martyr, by St Jeroeme, presbyter and divine
25.  The Life of St Paula, Widow. by St Jerome, presbyter and divine
26.  The Life of St Marcella Widow, by St Jerome, presbyter and divine

Book Two,
by Rufinus priest of Aquileia, pages 424 -491

Prologue & Life of John,    Hor,   Ammon,Benus, those in the Oxyrynchus complex, Theonus, Apollonius, another Ammon, Copres and Patermutius       Syrus, Isaiah, Paulus, Anuph, Helenus, Elias, Pithyrion,
Eulogius, Appelles and John, Paphnutius, Isidore, Serapion, Apollonius,       Dioscurus, the monks of Nitria, those in the Cells, another Ammon, Didymus, Cronius, Origen, Evagrius, the two Macarii,
another Ammon, Paul the Simple, Piammon, John, epilogue.

(Notes, not translated)

Book Three, by Rufinus. Sayings of the Fathers. Pages 492 - 535. (Notes, not translated)

Book Four, Extracts from the Dialogues of Severus Sulpitius
and the Institutes and Conferences.of John Cassian Pages 536 - 558

Book Five, Sayings of the Fathers, by an unknown Greek author   
translated into Latin by Pelagius, deacon, Pages 559 - 643

Section 1 Rules of the Fathers  )
Section 2 Inner Stillness           )Hyperlink to these three sections
Section 3 Compunction            )
Section 4 Self Control                Hyperlink to Self Control         
Section 5 Sexual Temptation     Hyperlink to Sexual Temptation
Section 6 A monk should not possess anything  Hyperlink to this section
Section 7 Patience and Fortitude)
Section 8 Do nothing for show   ) Hyperlink to Sections 7 & 8
Section 9 Judge no one                 
Section 10 Discretion                    Hyperlink to Sections 9 & 10
Section 11 Living soberly             Hyperlink to Section 11
Section 12 Prayer without ceasing Hyperlink to Section 12
Section 13 Hospitality                 
Section 14 Obedience                   Hyperlink to Sections 13 & 14
Section 15 Humility                      Hyperlink to Section 15
Section 16 Patience
Section 17 Charity                         Hyperlink to Sections 16 & 17
Section 18 Second sight or contemplation (= clairvoyance) Hyperlink to Section 18
(Notes, not translated)

Book Six, Sayings of the Fathers, by an unknown Greek author
translated into Latin by John, subdeacon, pages 644 - 663
Section 1 Second sight or contemplation
Section 2 Old men who did signs      Hyperlink to Sections 1 & 2
Section 3 The superlative observances of some holy people  Hyperlink to Section 3
Section 4 Seven sayings of abba Moyses to abba Poemen and how those who keep them may avoid punishment     Hyperlink to Section 4
(Notes, not translated)

Book Seven, Sayings of the Fathers, by an unknown Greek author
translated into Latin by Paschasius, deacon. pages 664 - 685
Chapter 1 Conquering gluttony and sensual desire Chapters 1-17
Chapter 2 Love of money and perfect renunciation
Chapter 3 A monk should not be upset if he loses or mislays anything
Chapter 4 Putting up with poverty brings peace of mind
Chapter 5 Keeping a check on avarice
Chapter 6 Anger and what causes it
Chapter 7 Returning good for evil                        Hyperlink to Chapters 1-7
Chapter 8 No revenge on one's enemies
Chapter 9 Perfect patience
Chapter 10 Giving up even good things for the sake of peace
Chapter 11 Sadness which leads to despair
Chapter 12 The spirit of vainglory
Chapter 13 The spirit of pride
Chapter 14 People who have arrived at perfection are as far as possible unwilling to work miracles or be held
                   up as examples                                 Hyperlink to Chapters 8-15
Chapter 15 It is sometimes useful to be entrapped in sordid thoughts lest we be puffed up
Chapter 16 How to prevent slander
Chapter 17 Submission to the will of your neighbour
Chapter 18 Giving up self-will Chapters 18 - 29
Chapter 19 Tending the sick
Chapter 20 Infirmity of body can profit the soul   Hyperlink to Chapters 16-20
Chapter 21 The Fear of God
Chapter 22 Penitence
Chapter 23 Reconciliation with God the same day through penitence
Chapter 24 Penance is accepted by God, even if death should intervene before penance is completed.
Chapter 25 The assaults of the devil
Chapter 26 How to mortify human vices
Chapter 27 Perseverance
Chapter 28 The work of the saints
Chapter 29 The encouragement of lessons learned
Chapter 30 Avoiding curiosity Chapters 30 - 44
Chapter 31 Avoiding strife
Chapter 32 Silence                                                Hyperlink to Chapters 21-32
Chapter 33 Refusing the honour of clerical status
Chapter 34 Why seek solitude in the desert
Chapter 35 The hermit's way of life
Chapter 36 Brothers different, but of similar worthiness
Chapter 37 Temporal advantage should be abandoned for the sake of charity
Chapter 38 The effect of weeping and poverty when embraced for God's sake.
Chapter 39 Human nature cannot find ultimate peace in this life
Chapter 40 The sources of vice
Chapter 41 The necessity of acquiring virtues.
Chapter 42 How to live in community                 Hyperlink to Chapters 33-42
Chapter 43 Observing spiritual discipline
Chapter 44 The thoughts of the twelve anchorites  Hyperlink to Chapters 43-44
(Notes, not translated)

Book Eight, The Lausiac History, so called because dedicated to Lausus, 'a man who is devoted to everything spiritual and godly. By the grace of God he is the chamberlain of the divinely inspired and religious emperor' [Theodosius II, 401-450] Pages 686 - 79
by Palladius, bishop of Helenopoleo translated into Latin by Gentianus Hervetus
       The Lives of Isidore the priest, Dorotheus of Thebes, Potamiaena, Didymus the blind, Alexandra, a certain Virgin who struggled with the Love of money   
Hyperlink to this Section

Arsisius, Amon & his wife, Or, Pambo, Pior, Ammon & his brothers and sisters,
Hyperlink to this Section

Benjamin, Apollonius the businessman, Paesius & Isaiah, Macarius the younger, Nathanael, Macarius of Egypt & Macarius of Alexandria,
Hyperlink to this Section

Mark, Moses the former robber, Paul, the Virgin of 700 prayers, Cronius the priest, Eulogius of Alexandria and the disabled man,   
Hyperlink to this section 

The Vision which Antony saw, Paul the Simple, Pachon, Stephan, Valens who fell from grace,
Hyperlink to this Section

Ero, Ptolemy who fell from grace, a lapsed Virgin, Elias, Dorotheus, Piamun, Pachomius & those who were with him, Aphthonius, 
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A Virgin who was falsely accused, a Virgin who pretended to be a halfwit, Pitirius, John of the city of Lycus
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A tale of abba John about someone who fell, a tale of the same abba John about someone who was led to repent, another tale of abba John about someone who fell and was led to repent, Poemenia, Ammon and those who were with him,
Hyperlink to this Section

Be, Theona, Elia, Apollo,   Hyperlink to this Section

Amun, Copres, Surus, Isaiah, Paul, Anuph, Hellen,  Hyperlink to this Section

Apelle, another John, Paphnutius, Tibicine (flautist), Protocomes, Mercator (merchant), Apollonius, Philemon the martyr and those martyred with him, 
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Dioscurus the priest, the anchorites of Nitria, Ammon and those who were with him, Isidore and those who were with him, Ammon the priest, John, Pityrion and those who were with him, Eulogius the priest, Serapion the priest, Posidonius, Jerome, Paula, Oxyperentius, Peter, Simeon, Serapion Sindonites,
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         Domnio. a silent Virgin, Evagrius a famous deacon, Pior, Moses of Libya, Chronius, Jacob, Paphnutius Cephala,
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Cheremon, another, another, Stephan who lapsed, Solomon, Dorotheus, Diocles, Capito, an Anchorite who was deceived, Ephraem the deacon, Julian, Innocent, Adolius,
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Abramius, Elpidius, Aenesius, Eustathius, Sisinnius, Gaddana, Elias, Sabatius, Philoromus, the blessed Severianus and his wife, Eleemon, Bisarion, the blessed Melania,
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Ruffinus the priest, Melania the younger, Albina, Pinianus, Pammachius, Macarius, Constantius, Paula of Rome, Eustochium, Venerea, Theodora, Usia, Adolia, Basianilla, Photina, Asella, Avita, Magna,
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The Virgin who sheltered Athanasius the bishop, amma Talida, amma Taor, the Virgin who renounced the world, the Virgin who lapsed and did penance, the daughter of a priest who falsely accused a reader, and the reader Eustathius, holy Silvania, Iubinus, Olympias,
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Candida, Gelasia, Juliana, a noble Woman who retained her virginity, Magistrianus, the Senator's wife, the brother who travelled with Palladius   
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(Notes, not translated)

Book Nine, by Theodore of Cyprus translated into Latin by Gentianus Hervetus. Pages797 - 862
         Prologue, Jacob of Nisibis      Julianus Sabas      Marcianus       Eusebius        Publius
          Simeon Priscus,Palladius & Aphraates       Peter       Theodosius, Romanus, Zeno and Macedonius
Maesymas and Acepsimas       Maro, Abraames, Eusebius, Salamanus, Maris and Jacobus
Thalassius, Limnaeus, Johannes,Moses, Antiochus, Antonius, Zebinus and Polychronius

Asclepius, Jacobus and Simeon Stylites      Baradatus, Thalalaeus, Marana & Cyra  Domnina

Book Ten,  ("The Spiritual Meadow"), by John Moschus, translated into Latin by Ambrosius Camaldulensis           
    Pages 863 - 938
Introduction and Prologue,  John and the Cave of Sapsa, The old man who fed lions in his cave,        Conon the presbyter of Penthucala, Leontius, A story about three monks told by Polychronius, another of his stories,  An old man who refused to be made abbot, Myrogenes who had the dropsy
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The wonderful charity of a certain holy Father, Barnabas the anchorite, Abba Agiodulas, A saying of Abba Olympius, Abba Mark the anchorite, The brother afflicted with leprosy, The marvellous deed of abba Conon, Abba Nicolas and his companions, Macnus, An old man who slept with lions, Abba Elias, The conversion of a soldier, An anchorite and his murderer, Another Conon, Theodulus, The old man in the cells of Cuziba, A brother of the monastery of Cuziba, Theophanes and his wonderful vision
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The priest of the town of Mondandos, The marvellous deed of abba Julian the Stylite, The miracle of the holy Eucharist, Isidore of Melitensis, Conversion of Mary the Harlot Babylas the mime and his concubines Cometa and Nicosa, Bishop Theodotus, Alexander patriarch of Jerusalem, Elias of Jerusalem and Flavian of Antioch, Ephraem of Antioch, The bishop disguised as a builder, Anastasius the wicked emperor, The monk prevented from sinning by a country girl.
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