Scéla Siluester ⁊ Constantin

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Irish religious texts, Homily
The legend of Pope Sylvester I and the miraculous cure of Constantine the emperor. The copy in Leabhar Breac ends imperfect.
Scéla Siluester ⁊ Constantin
This title has no basis in manuscript evidence but is used for the convenience of reference.
First words (prose)
  • Siluestar tra espoc firen foithnech he
  • Middle Irish
prose (primary)
Textual relationships

“It can hardly be doubted that the original of the Irish was some Latin version of a Greek text not greatly differing from that given by Combefis” (Atkinson). See also the miracle story Scéla Siluester ocus Constantin.

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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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51–54 (edition); 289–293 (translation with introduction).
[ed.] Dottin, Georges, Manuel d’irlandais moyen, 2 vols, vol. 2, Paris, 1913.
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89–91 [id. 18. ‘La maladie de Constantin’] Extract from LB, taken from the above.

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>
[id. 360.]
Dennis Groenewegen
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