Book Series Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia, vol. 72

Felici curiositate. Studies in Latin Literature and Textual Criticism from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century. In Honour of Rita Beyers

Guy Guldentops, Christian Laes, Gert Partoens (eds)

  • Pages: 910 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:5 b/w, 4 col.
  • Language(s):English, French, German
  • Publication Year:2017

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-57013-6
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The volume highlights important aspects of ancient (especially Christian) Latin literature and its influence in the Middle Ages and beyond.


"The papers in the first section, headed Apocrypha, of this extended symposium (...) are clearly of first importance. At a price of €140.00, this is a book for libraries rather than for the individual scholar. However, its contents will repay close and careful reading." (Nicholas Paxton, in Apocrypha 33, 2022, p. 343-345)


Guy Guldentops is researcher at the Philosophy Department of the University of Cologne.

Christian Laes is Associate Professor of Latin and Ancient History at the University of Antwerp, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampere.

Gert Partoens is Associate Professor of Latin literature at the KU Leuven.


The papers collected in this Festschrift in honour of Rita Beyers, Professor Emerita of Latin at the University of Antwerp and former Director of the Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina and Continuatio Mediaevalis, focus on ancient (especially Christian) Latin literature and its influence in the Middle Ages and beyond.

In the first section, new light is shed on some important apocryphal texts from the second to the tenth century. The second part is devoted to literary and doctrinal aspects of works produced in the patristic era. The third part brings together a number of micro-historical studies on medieval (Latin, Byzantine, and vernacular) literature. The papers of the fourth section present some little-known Neo-Latin texts and offer a fresh analysis of the reception of ancient Christian texts in modern French and English literature. The volume, which contains several critical editions of previously unedited texts, concludes with two essays musing on the art of textual editing and the quintessence of philology.


Testimonium Amicitiae 


Thomas O’Loughlin, The Protevangelium Iacobi and the Status of the Canonical Gospels in the Mid-Second Century Martin McNamara, The ‘Leabhar Breac Gospel History’ Against Its Hiberno-Latin Background

Jean Rittmueller, Matt. 10:1-4: The Calling of the Twelve Apostles: The Commentary and Glosses of Máel Brigte úa Máeluanaig (Armagh, 1802) (London, British Library, Harley 1802, f. 25v-26v). Introduction, Edition, Translation

Els Rose, Authorship and Authority in the Latin Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles

Jan M. F. Van Reeth, Le Vaticinans Puer III : La Mémoire de la Mère de Dieu et son Kathisma selon la tradition occidentale

Georges Declercq, Lectio euangelii secundum Iacobi (!) Alfei. An Apocryphal Gospel Reading in an Irish Missal (Vat. lat. 3325)


Paul van Geest, The Pursuit of Discontinuity in the Epistula ad Diognetum and the Human Qualities of the Word Incarnate

Paul Mattei, Spiritus, Spiritus Domini, Spiritus sanctus (sanctus Spiritus). L’Esprit dans l’œuvre de Novatien : essai de synthèse philologique, historique, doctrinale

Paul-Augustin Deproost, Visages de Didon dans la poésie des chrétiens latins

Emanuela Colombi, Una prima ricognizione sui tituli e i capitula nella trasmissione degli Euangeliorum libri IIII di Giovenco

Willy Evenepoel, New Light on Prudentius?

Gerd Van Riel, The Hermeneutical Event of Truth in Augustine

Anthony Dupont & Nicolas De Maeyer, A Study of Augustine’s Theology of Martyrdom on the Basis of Sermon 306C (Morin 15) on the Feast of the Martyr Quadratus

Gert Partoens, An Unedited Augustinian Fragment Preserved in the Early Medieval Collectio Gallicana

Luc De Coninck, L’utilité des collections germanica et gallicana de Césaire d’Arles pour l’établissement d’un texte augustinien : le cas du serm. 93

Marco Petoletti, La vie de Sainte Marcelline (BHL 5223) et la fortune du De uirginibus d’Ambroise de Milan

Johan Leemans, From Isidorus to Strategius: An Example of Monastic Correspondence in Fifth-Century Egypt

Jacques Elfassi, Isidore de Séville connaissait-il les Formulae d’Eucher de Lyon ?

Marc Van Uytfanghe, Quae leviora sunt in Dei iudicio gravius iudicant. Quelques observations sur la théologie morale d’une Vision du viie siècle

Michael W. Herren, The Revelationes of Pseudo-Methodius in the Eighth Century


David Ganz, A Carolingian Confessional Prayer in Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Reginensis 991

Shari Boodts, The Reception of Augustine in a Ninth-Century Commentary on Romans (Paris, BnF, lat. 11574). With an Analysis of Its Position in Relation to the Carolingian Debate on Predestination

Roger Gryson, Haymon d’Auxerre face aux variantes du texte d’Isaïe

Brian Møller Jensen, Gregory the Great in Medieval Manuscripts in Piacenza

Wim Verbaal, Vitam carmine dicam. Re/Writing Saints’ Lives in the School of the Loire

Alexander Andrée, Caue ne facias uim in tempore! Peter Comestor and the Truth of History

Carsten Wollin, Maria und der Sünder. Edition des Streitgedichts Sol intrarat uirginem

Francesco Marzella, Tackling mirabilia: Gervase of Tilbury, Walter Map and the Church Fathers

Aurélie Houdebert & Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, A New Manuscript Fragment of the Old French Romance Meliacin

Peter Van Deun, Petit panorama de la littérature ascétique de l’époque patristique et byzantine : le Parisinus gr. 1076

Rob Faesen, Christian Mystics and Neo-Platonism. Some Observations by Albert Deblaere Concerning John of Ruusbroec


Guy Guldentops, Nicolaus Ellenbog’s Anti-Lutheran Tract on Piety

Jeanine De Landtsheer, On the Existence of God: An Unusual Theme in a Letter by Justus Lipsius

Pierre Delsaerdt, Tom Deneire & Thomas Theyssens, Of making many books there is no end. Father Cosmas Dillen’s Dedication of Tongerlo’s Library Catalogue to Abbot Adriaan Stalpaerts, 1625: A Critical Edition and Translation

Paul Pelckmans, Par où saurais-je mieux finir ? La Fontaine chez les Pères du Désert

Geert Lernout, Apocrypha in the Writing of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake

Christian Laes, Iuvenalianam satiram ultimam quemadmodum suppleverit C. Arrius Nurus


Dominique Poirel, L’éditeur est-il un auteur ?

Paul Tombeur, Apologie de Philologie. En guise de postface



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