Book Series Clavis Patrum Latinorum

Clavis Patrum Latinorum

E. Dekkers

  • Pages: xxxii + 934 p.
  • Size:155 x 245 mm
  • Language(s):Latin
  • Publication Year:1995

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-50463-6
  • Hardback
  • Available


"Es ist keine Frage, dass wir hier ein geradezu grossartiges Arbeitsinstrument für die lateinische Literatur geschenkt bekommen haben dessen Unentbehrlichkeit jeder, der patristisch arbeitet, sehr schnell einsieht." (W. Schneemelcher, Zeitschrift für Kirchengeschichte)


Jan-Eligius Dekkers (Antwerp, June 20, 1915 - Bruges, December 15, 1998) was abbot of the Benedictine St. Peter's Abbey of Steenbrugge (Bruges, Belgium). Dom Dekkers spent most of his active life publishing, in a critical and scholarly edition, the writings of the Church Fathers and medieval Christian theologians, in the series he called Corpus Christianorum.


In this third edition the scholar will find a list, which is as exhaustive as possible, of all the Christian Latin texts from Tertullian in the 2nd century to Bede, who died in 735. Each work, each sermon, each letter, each poem is properly identified in the 2,348 entries, many of which are further subdivided into numerous subsections: the best editions are noted, as are the means to improve them, the newly-found manscripts, the studies on the textual transmission or on the language, and so on.
An expanded body of Concordances is provided. These provide correspondences between the Clavis numbers and the numbering or pagination of seventeen collections or lists of Latin writings. The Clavis numbering is of course the basis for the publishing programme of the Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina and more recently serves as a crucial reference tool in the online Library of Latin Texts (LLT) at