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Zwierlein, Otto

Die Urfassungen der Martyria Polycarpi et Pionii und das Corpus Polycarpianum

Band 1: Editiones criticae. Mit armenisch-deutschem Text und englischer Übersetzung. Band 2: Textgeschichte und Rekonstruktion. Polykarp, Ignatius und der Redaktor Ps.-Pionius

[The Original Versions of the Martyria Polycarpi et Pionii and the Corpus Polycarpianum]

With contrib. by Kölligan, Daniel

Series:Untersuchungen zur antiken Literatur und Geschichte 116

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    September 2014
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    Aims and Scope

    Using ancient Armenian versions, it has been possible to retrieve the original Greek short version of both martyrologies. The textual layers can be interpreted as a mirror of the norms of Christian behavior during the period of persecution. The critical editions are followed in Volume 2 by a textual history and reconstruction.


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    Polycarpus’s Epistle to the Philippians; Eusebius’s Church History
    Anyone interested in Theology, Ancient History, Classical Philology, Patristics, Jewish, Armenian, and Coptic studies

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    "[Das] Buch bereichert die Forschung zur Kirchengeschichte nicht nur des 2. Jh."
    Hans Reinhard Seeliger in: ZKG 128/1 (2017), 103

    "Zwierlein’s significant study is far more than just a critical edition, but a novel paradigm for understanding the Polycarpian, Pionian and Ignatian literatures. [...] If accepted, Zwierlein’s complex reconstructions would replace more traditional views with intricate histories of adaptations across several centuries, motivated by assorted later controversies. Zwierlein’s exacting work will certainly become a stimulating interlocutor, as other scholars sift and weigh his specific arguments, particular assertions of literary dependence, and detailed claims."
    Paul Hartog in: Journal of Ecclesiastical History (2018), 382-383

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