Patrologia Latina Database
The Patrologia Latina Database
is an electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's
Patrologia Latina, published between 1844 and 1855, and the four volumes of
indexes published between 1862 and 1865. The Patrologia Latina comprises the
works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope
Innocent III in 1216.
The Patrologia Latina Database contains the complete Patrologia
Latina, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus
and indexes. Migne's column numbers, essential references for scholars, are
The Patrologia Latina Database contains 221 volumes and represents
a complete electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's
Patrologia Latina (1844-1855 and 1862-1865).
Migne's Patrologia Latina was originally printed in 217 volumes from 1844 to
1855. There were two series: the series prima, volumes 1-73, (Tertullian to
Gregory the Great), 1844 -1849; and the series secunda volumes 74-217, (Gregory
the Great to Pope Innocent 3rd), 1849-1855.
Migne himself reprinted volumes up to 1865, at which time he sold the
literary rights for the Patrologia Latina to the firm of Garnier in Paris.
In February of 1868, a fire destroyed Migne's presses and his printing
plates. Garnier had already begun reprinting parts of the Patrologia Latina
three years earlier and proceeded to reprint the entire set by 1880.
Unfortunately, these reprintings - and all subsequent editions by Garnier -
are inferior in a number of respects to Migne's own first editions.
Consequently, the Patrologia Latina Database has been based exclusively on
the copies of the first edition of the texts and indices.
Migne originally intended the Patrologia Latina to span the whole history of
Latin Christianity up to the eve of the Reformation. However, he eventually
judged that it would be wiser to conclude the series with the year 1216 as,
after that year, the explosion of philosophical and theological writing made
it impossible for any series to include even representative portions of the
The main chronological sequence of authors in the Patrologia Latina
therefore runs from about AD 200 to AD 1216. However, Migne did incorporate
medieval texts written after 1216 where these were traditionally attached to
an earlier work, often as a commentary or an introduction to it.
The Patrologia Latina
bibliography, sorted by Migne Volume and Document
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