Páis Georgi ‘The passion of St George’

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Irish religious texts, Passion, Homily
Homily on the passion of St George
Páis Georgi
‘The passion of St George’
also Betha Sain Seoirsí
Recension A
pp. 190b–193b
beg. ‘Pretiosa est in conspectu Domini mors sanctorum eius’
Recension B
f. 11
This version also relates the legend of George's victory over the dragon.
Recension C
f. 44ra
beg. ‘Feacht n-aen dar gab Dacianus <im>pir flaitheamhnus’
  • Middle Irish
  • Secondary language(s): Hiberno-Latin
  • The introduction is Latin.
prose (primary)


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Martyrdom and persecutions of Christians in the Roman Empire
Martyrdom and persecutions of Christians in the Roman Empire
id. 61146
Saint George
Saint George
(d. c.303?)
Widely venerated saint and martyr.

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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.] Atkinson, Robert, The passions and the homilies from Leabhar Breac: text, translation and glossary, Todd Lecture Series, 2, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1887.  

Note that there are various references throughout the book to material in the appendix, but in the introduction, Atkinson states he regrets “that I have not found it possible to include in the present volume the Appendix and Notes”.

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71–81 (edition); 313–324 (translation with introduction). Recension A from Leabhar Breac
[ed.] Dottin, Georges, Manuel d’irlandais moyen, 2 vols, vol. 2, Paris, 1913.
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92–96 [id. 19. ‘Saint George et le petit enfant’] Extract from LB.

Secondary sources (select)

Plummer, Charles, “A tentative catalogue of Irish hagiography”, in: Charles Plummer, Miscellanea hagiographica Hibernica: vitae adhuc ineditae sanctorum Mac Creiche, Naile, Cranat, 15, Brussels: Société des Bollandistes, 1925. 171–285.
Utrecht University Library: <link>
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