Dicta Patricii ‘The sayings of Patrick’

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  • prose
  • Hiberno-Latin texts, Sayings
In the Book of Armagh, a group of three, less probably four, sayings (dicta) attributed to Saint Patrick.
Ascribed to: Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick
(fl. 5th century)
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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Bieler, Ludwig [ed. and tr.], The Patrician texts in the Book of Armagh, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae, 10, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1979.

Secondary sources (select)

Lapidge, Michael, and Richard Sharpe, A bibliography of Celtic-Latin literature, 400-1200, Royal Irish Academy Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources, Ancillary Publications, 1, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1985.
[id. 599.]
Gwynn, Aubrey, “The problem of the Dicta Patricii”, Seanchas Ardmhacha 8:1 (1975–1976): 69–80.
Grosjean, Paul, “Notes sur les documents anciens concernant St Patrice”, Analecta Bollandiana 62 (1944): 42–73.
Bolton, Charles A., “St Patrick’s pastoral testament”, Irish Ecclesiastical Record, 5th series, 74 (1950): 234–241.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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