Bibliography of Primary Sources in English Translation for the Period c. 250-c. 1000

(in progress rev. 04/08)


Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, ed. P. Schaff and H. Wace, 28 vols. in 2 series (Peabody, Mass: Hendrickson, 1994 [Buffalo, 1886-89; New York, 1890-1900]) [ANCMED BR60.A62]

Fathers of the Church, 100 vols. to date (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America, 1947- )

Translated Texts for Historians (University of Liverpool)

1 [1L]. Gregory of Tours. Life of the Fathers. Trans. E. James. (1985, 1991)

2 [1G]. Claudius Mamertinus, John Chrysostom, and Ephrem the Syrian. The Emperor Julian: Panegyric and Polemic. Trans. S. N. C. Lieu (1986, 1989)

3 [2L]. Pacatus. Panegyric to the Emperor Theodosius. Trans. C. E. V. Nixon. (1987)

4 [3L]. Gregory of Tours. Glory of the Martyrs. Trans. R. Van Dam. (1988)

5 [4L]. Gregory of Tours. Glory of the Confessors. Trans. R. Van Dam. (1989)

6 [5L]. The Book of Pontiffs (Liber pontificalis): The Ancient Biographies of the First Ninety Roman Bishops to AD 715. Trans. R. Davis. (1989)

7. Chronicon paschale 284-628 AD. Trans. M. Whitby and M. Whitby. (1989)

8. Iamblichus. On the Pythagorean Life. Trans. G. Clark. (1989)

9. Conquerors and Chroniclers of Early Medieval Spain. Trans. K. B. Wolf (1990, 1999)

10. Victor of Vita. History of the Vandal Persecution. Trans. J. Moorhead. (1992)

11. The Goths in the Fourth Century. Trans. P. J. Heather and J. Matthews. (1991)

12. Cassiodorus. The Variae of Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator: The Right Honourable and Illustrious Ex-Quaestor of the Palace, Ex-Ordinary Consul, Ex-Master of the Offices, Praetorian Prefect and Patrician: Being Documents of the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths in Italy, Chosen to Illustrate the Life of the Author and the History of his Family. Trans. S. J. B. Barnish. (1992)

13. The Lives of the Eighth-Century Popes (Liber pontificalis): The Ancient Biographies of Nine Popes from A.D. 715 to A.D. 817. Trans. R. Davis. (1992, rev. 2000)

14. Eutropius (4 c.). The Breviarium ab urbe condita of Eutropius, The Right Honourable Secretary of State for General Petitions, Dedicated to Lord Valens, Gothicus Maximus and Perpetual Emperor. Trans. H. W. Bird. (1993)

15. The Seventh Century in the West Syrian Chronicles: Including Two Seventh-Century Syriac Apocalyptic Texts. Trans. A. Palmer, S. Brock, and R. Hoyland. (1993)

16. Vegetius. Vegetius: Epitome of Military Science. Trans. N. P. Milner. (1993, 1996)

17. Sextus Aurelius Victor. Liber de caesaribus of Sextus Aurelius Victor . Trans. H. W. Bird. (1994)

18. Bede. Bede: On the Tabernacle. Trans. A. G. Holder. (1994)

19. Caesarius of Arles. Caesarius of Arles: Life. Testament. Letters . W. E. Klingshirn. (1994)

20. The Lives of the Ninth-Century Popes (Liber pontificalis): The Ancient Biographies of Ten Popes from A.D. 817-891. Trans. R. Davis. (1995)

21. Bede. Bede: On the Temple. Trans. J. O'Reilly. (1995)

22. [Pseudo-]Dionysius of Tel-Mahre (patriarch of the Jacobites, d. 845). Chronicle (known also as the Chronicle of Zuqnin): Part III. Trans. W. Witakowski. (1996)

23. Venantius Fortunatus. Venantius Fortunatus: Personal and Political Poems. Trans. J. George. (1995)

24. Donatist Martyr Stories: The Church in Conflict in Roman North Africa . Trans. M. A. Tilley. (1996)

25. Hilary (bishop of Poitiers, d. 367?). Hilary of Poitiers: Conflicts of Conscience and Law in the Fourth-Century Church: "Against Valens and Ursacius," the Extant Fragments, together with His "Letter to the Emperor Constantius . Trans. L. R. Wickham. (1997)

26. Lives of the Visigothic Fathers. Trans. A. T. Fear. (1997)

27. Optatus (bishop of Mileve, 4 c.). Optatus: Against the Donatists . Trans. M. Edwards. (1997)

28. Bede. Bede: A Biblical Miscellany. Trans. W. T. Foley and A. G. Holder. (1999)

29. Bede. Bede: The Reckoning of Time. Trans. F. Wallis. (1999)

30. Ruricius (bishop of Limoges, d. c. 507). Ruricius of Limoges and Friends: A Collection of Letters from Visigothic Gaul. Trans. R. W. Mathisen. (1999)

31. Sebeos (bishop of Bagratunik, 7 c.). The Armenian History Attributed to Sebeos. Trans. R. Thomson, J. Howard-Johnston, and T. Greenwood. 2 vols. (1999)

32. Pseudo-Joshua the Stylite.  The Chronicle of Pseudo-Joshua the Stylite.  Trans. F. R. Trombley and J. W. Watt.  (2000)

33. Evagrius Scholasticus.  The Ecclesiastical History of Evagrius Scholasticus.  Trans. M. Whitby.  (2000)

34. Libanius.  Antioch as a Centre of Hellenic Culture, as Observed by Libanius.  Trans. A. F. Norman. (2000)

35. Neoplatonic Saints: The Lives of Plotinus and Proclus by Their Students.  Trans. M. Edwards.  (2000)

36. Themistius.  Politics, Philosophy and Empire in the Fourth Century: Select Orations of Themistius.  Trans. P. Heather and D. Moncur.  (2001)

37. A Christian's Guide to Greek Culture:  The Pseudo-Nonnus 'Commentaries' on 'Sermons' 4, 5, 39 and 43 by Gregory of Nazianzus.  Trans. J. N. Smith.  (2001)

38. Avitus of Vienne.  Letters and Selected Prose.  Trans. D. Shanzer and I. Wood. (2002)

39. Constantine and Christendom: The Oration to the Saints; The Greek and Latin Accounts of the Discovery of the Cross; The Edict of Constantine to Pope Silvester. Trans. Mark Edwards. (2003)

40. Lactantius, Lactantius: Divine Institutes. Trans. Anthony Bowen and Peter Garnsey. (2003)

41. Libanius, Libanius: Selected Letters from the Age of Constantius and Julian. Trans. Scott Bradbury. (2004)

42. Cassiodorus, Cassiodorus: Institutions of Divine and Secular Learning. Trans. James W. Halporn and Mark Vessey. (2004)

43. Ambrose of Milan, Political Letters and Speeches.  Trans. J. H. W. G. Liebescheutz. (2005)

44. The Chronicle of Ireland. Trans. T. M. Charles-Edwards. 2 vols. (2006)

45. Acts of the Council of Chalcedon.  Trans. Richard Price and Michael Gaddis.  3 vols.  (2007)

46. Nemesius, Nemesius: On the Nature of Man. Trans. Philip van der Eijk and R. W. Sharples. (2008)

47. Bede, On Ezra and Nehemiah.  Trans. Scott DeGregorio. (2006)

48. Bede, Bede: On Genesis. Trans. Calvin B. Kendall. (2008)

49. The Formularies of Angers and Marculf: Two Merovingian Legal Handbooks. Trans. Alice Rio. (2008)

50. Sources for the Study of the School of Nisibis. Trans. Adam Becker. (2008)

Penguin Classics

Ammianus Marcellinus, The Later Roman Empire (A.D. 354-378), trans. W. Hamilton

Adomnán of Iona, Life of St. Columba, trans. R. Sharpe

Augustine, City of God, trans. Henry Bettenson, ed. D. Knowles

Augustine, Confessions, trans. R. S. Pine-Coffin

Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English People, with Bede's letter to Egbert and Cuthbert's letter on the death of Bede, trans. L. Sherley-Price and R. E Latham, rev. ed. (1990)

Beowulf, trans. M. Alexander (1973)

Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, trans. V. E. Watts

Einhard and Notker the Stammerer, Two Lives of Charlemagne, trans. L. Thorpe (1969)

Eusebius, The History of the Church from Christ to Constantine, trans. G. A. Williamson

Gregory of Tours, History of the Franks, trans. L. Thorpe (1974)

Justinian, The Digest of Roman Law: Theft, Rapine, Damage, and Insult, , trans. C. F. Kolbert

Procopius, The Secret History, trans. G. A. Williamson

The Age of Bede, trans. J. F. Webb and D.H. Farmer (1998)

[Lives of the abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow and The anonymous history of Abbot Ceolfrith]

Alfred the Great: Asser's Life of King Alfred and Other Contemporary Sources, trans. S. Keynes and M. Lapidge (1983)

Early Christian Lives, trans. C. White

[Athanasius's Life of Antony; St. Jerome's Life of Paul of Thebes, Life of Hilarion, and Life of Malchus; Sulpicius Severus's Life of Martin of Tours; and Pope Gregory the Great's Life of Benedict]

Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers, trans. M. Staniforth, rev. A. Louth

[The first epistle of Clement to the Corinthians. The epistles of Ignatius to: the Ephesians, the Magnesians, the Trallians, the Romans, the Philadelphians, the Smyrnaeans, Polycarp. The epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians. The Martyrdom of Polycarp. The epistle to Diognetus. The epistle of Barnabus. The Didache.]

Lives of the Saints, trans. J. F. Webb (1965)

[The Voyage of St. Brendan; Bede: Life of Cuthbert; Eddius Stephanus: Life of Wilfrid]

Records of Civilization (Columbia) [non-circulating in Milstein Study]

2. Gregory of Tours, History of the Franks, trans. E. Brehaut (1916, 1965) [selections]

3. The Book of the Popes (Liber Pontificalis), vol. 1, To the Pontificate of Gregory I, trans. L. R. Loomis (1916, 1965)

7. The See of Peter, ed. J. T. Shotwell and L. R. Loomis (1927, 19**)

11. J. P. Kenney, The Sources for the Early History of Ireland: An Introduction and Guide, vol. 1, Ecclesiastical

12. Salvian, On the Government of God, trans. E. M. Sanford (1930)

19. W. E. Lunt, ed., Papal Revenues in the Middle Ages, 2 vols. (1934)

26. Orosius, Seven Books of History against the Pagans: The Apology of Paulus Orosius, trans. I. W. Raymond (1936, 1964)

29. J. T. McNeill and H. M Gamer, eds., Medieval Handbooks of Penance (Libri poenitentiales) (1938, 1965, 1990)

31. Boniface, The Letters of Saint Boniface, trans. E. Emerton (1940)

40. Cassiodorus, An Introduction to Divine and Human Readings, trans. L. W. Jones (1946, 1966, 1969)

41. Medieval Russian Laws, trans. George Vernadsky (1947, 1969)

44. The Peterborough Chronicle, trans. H. A. Rositzke (1951)

45. Roman Civlization: Selected Readings, vol. 2, The Empire , ed. N. Lewis and M. Reinhold (1951, 1955, 1990)

48. Macrobius, Commentary on the Dream of Scipio, trans. W. H. Stahl (1952, 1990)

52. R. S. Lopez and I. W. Raymond, eds., Medieval Trade in the Mediterranean World: Illustrative Documents (1955, 1961, 1963, 1967, etc.)

60. Gerbert of Aurillac, The Letters of Gerbert, with his Papal Privileges as Sylvester II, trans. H. P. Lattin (1961)

62. Luxorius, A Latin Poet among the Vandals, trans. M. Rosenblum (1961)

79. Macrobius, The Saturnalia, trnas. P. V. Davies (1969)

83. The fihrist of al-Nadim: A Tenth-Century Survey of Muslim Culture , trans. B. Dodge, 2 vols. (1970)

84. W. H. Stahl and R. Johnson, Martianus Capella and the Seven Liberal Arts, 2 vols. (1971-77)

96. B. McGinn, Visions of the End: Apocalyptic Traditions in the Middle Ages (1979, 1998)

Oxford Medieval Texts [continues Nelson's Medieval Texts]

Admonan's Life of Columba, ed. A. O. Anderson and M. O. Anderson (1991)

Alcuin, The Bishops, Kings, and Saints of York, ed. P. Godman (1982)

Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English, ed. B. Colgrave and R. A. B. Mynors (1969; rcorr. 1991)

J. M. Wallace-Hadrill, Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People: A Historical Commentary (1988, 1993)

Fulbert of Chartres, The Letters and Poems of Fulbert of Chartres , ed. F. Behrends (1976)

Fredegar, The Fourth Book of the Chronicle of Fredegar, ed. J. M. Wallace-Hadrill (1960)

Raoul Glaber, Rodulfus Glaber Opera, ed. J. France , N. Bulst, and P. Reynolds (1989)

Wulfstan of Winchester, Life of St. Aethelwold, ed. M. Lapidge (1991)

Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures (Broadview)

1. Carolingian Civilization: A Reader. Ed. Paul Dutton. (1993)

Basic Issues in Medieval Philosophy: Selected Readings: Presenting the Interactive Discourses among the Major Figures. Ed. R. N. Bosley and M. Tweedale. (1997)

3. Charlemagne's Courtier: The Complete Einhard. Ed. Paul Dutton. (1998)

4. Medieval Saints: A Reader. Ed. Mary-Ann Stouck. (1999)

5. From Roman to Merovingian Gaul: A Reader. Ed. A. C. Murray. (2000)

7.  Love, Marriage, and Family in the Middle Ages: A Reader.  Ed. J. Murray (2001)

9. The Annals of Flodoard of Reims, 919–966. Ed. Steven Fanning and Bernard S. Bachrach. (2004)

Gregory of Tours: The Merovingians. Ed. Alexander Callander Murray. (2005)

Medieval Towns: A Reader. Ed. Maryanne Kowaleski (2006)

Loeb Classical Library (Harvard)

Aeneas Tacticus, Asclepiodotus, and Onasander

Ammianus Marcellinus, Roman History, 3 vols.

Augustine (St.), City of God (7 vols.), Confessions (2 vols.), Select Letters

Ausonius, 2 vols.

Basil (St.), Letters, 4 vols.

Bede, Historical Works, 2 vols.

Boethius, Theological Tractates, Consolation of Philosoph y

Claudian, 2 vols.

Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, 2 vols.

Julian, 3 vols.

Procopius, History of the Wars (5 vols.), Secret History , On Buildings

Sidonius Apollinaris, Poems and Letters (2 vols.)

Manchester Medieval Sources (University of Manchester)

Christian Dualist Heresies in the Byzantine World, c. 650-c. 1450: Selected Sources. Trans. J. Hamilton and B. Hamilton. (1998)

Late Merovingian France: History and Hagiography, 640-720. Trans. P. Fouracre and R. A. Gerberding. (1996)

The Normans in Europe. Ed. Elisabeth van Houts. (2000)

Thietmar of Merseburg.  Ottonian Germany:  The Chronicon of Thietmar of Merseburg.  Trans. D. Warner.  (2001)

Ninth-Century Histories

1. The Annals of St.-Bertin. Trans. J. Nelson. (1991)

2. The Annals of Fulda. Trans. T. Reuter. (1992)


Medieaval Sources in Translation (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies)

16. Porphyry, Isagoge. Trans. Edward W. Warren. (1975)

33. LinkTwo Greek Aristotelian Commentators on the Intellect :The De intellectu attributed to Alexander of Aphrodisias and Themistius’ Paraphrase of Aristotle, De anima 3.4. Trans. Frederic M. Schroeder and Robert B. Todd. (1990)

34. The History of Alexander’s Battles: Historia de preliis, the J1 Version. Trans. R. Telfriyn Pritchard. (1992)

36. The Chronicle of Zuqnin, parts III and IV: A.D. 488-775. Trans. Amir Harrak. (1999)

38. The Land Legislation of the Macedonian Emperors. Trans. Eric G. McGeer. (2000)

40. Gregory the Great.  The Letters of Gregory the Great. Trans. John R. C. Martyn. 3 vols. (2004)


The Fragmentary Classicising Historians of the Later Roman Empire: Eunapius, Olympiodorus, Priscus, and Malchus. Ed . and trans. R. C. Blockley. Liverpool, 1981-83.

Zosimus. Zosimus: Historia Nova: The Decline of Rome. Trans. J. J. Buchanan and H. T. Davis. San Antonio, 1967.

Christians and Moors in Spain. Comp. C. Smith. 3 vols. Warminster, 1988-92: Vol. 1, 711-1150; Vol. 3, Arabic Sources (711-1501) .

Hydatius. The Chronicle of Hydatius and the Consularia Constantinopolitana . Ed. and Trans. R. W. Burgess. Oxford, 1993.

Isidore of Seville. Isidore of Seville's History of the Goths, Vandals, and Suevi. Trans. G. Donini and G. B. Ford. 2nd ed. Leiden, 1970.

Muhlberger, Stephen. The Fifth-Century Chroniclers: Prosper, Hydatius, and the Gallic Chronicler of 452. Leeds, 1990.

The Theodosian Code and Novels, and the Sirmondian Constitutions . Trans. Clyde Pharr. Princeton, 1952.

Medieval Hagiography: An Anthology. Ed. T. Head. New York, 2000.

English Historical Documents, vol. 1, c. 500-1042. Ed. D. Whitelock. London, 1955.

Carolingian Chronicles: Royal Frankish Annals and Nithard's Histories , trans. Bernhard Walter Scholz (Ann Arbor, 1970)

The Western Fathers: Being the Lives of SS. Martin of Tours, Ambrose, Augustine of Hippo, Honoratus of Arles, and Germanus Auxerre, trans. F. R. Hoare. New York, 1954.

Gregory of Tours, History of the Franks, trans. O. M. Dalton. 2 vols.  London, 1926,

Liber historiae Francorum, trans. B. S. Bachrach. Lawrence, Kans., 1973.

Sidonius Apollinaris, The Letters of Sidonius, trans. O. M. Dalton. 2 vols. Oxford, 1915.

The Burgundian Code, trans. K. F. Drew. Philadelphia, 1949.

Edward Peters, ed., Monks, Bishops, and Pagans. Philadelphia, 1975.

Paul the Deacon, History of the Longobards, trans. W. D. Foulke (Philadelphia, 1907)

K. F. Drew, trans., The Lombard Laws (Philadelphia, 1973)

Liutprand of Cremona, Works, trans. F. A Wright (London, 1930)

H. R. Loyn and J. C. Percival, eds., The Reign of Charlemagne (London, 1975)

Diculili Liber de Mesnura Orbis Terrae, ed. J. J. Tierney. Dublin, 1967

John Scotus Eriugena, Periphyseon: On the Division of Nature, trans. M. Uhlfelder. Indianapolis, 1976.

John Scotus Eriugena, Periphyseon: The Division of Nature, ed. I. P. Sheldon-Williams. Dublin, 1968-75.

D. A. Traill, Wahlahfrid Strabo's Visio Wettini: Text, Translation, and Commentary, ed. D. A. Traill. Bern, 1974.

Peter Godman, ed., Poetry of the Carolingian Renaissance. Norman, Okla., 1985.

Caesarius of Arles, Sermons, trans. M. M. Mueller. 3 vols. Washington, D. C., 1956-73.

Columbanus, Sancti Columbani Opera, ed. G. S. M. Walker. Dublin, 1970.

J. N. Hillgarth, ed. Christianity and Paganism, 350-750: The Conversion of Western Europe. Philadelphia, 1986.

H. R. Loyn and J. Percival, ed. The Reign of Charlemagne: Documents on Carolingian Government and Administration. London, 1975.

The Astronomer, Son of Charlemagne: A Contemporary Life of Louis the Pious, trans. A. Cabaniss. Syracuse, 1961.

Charlemagne's Cousins, trans. A. Cabaniss. Syracuse, 1967.

Adalard, "Customs of Corbie," trans. C. W. Jones, in E. Horn and W. Born, The Plan of Saint Gall, 3 vols. (Berkeley, 1979), 3:***-**.

The Anglo-Saxon Missionaries in Germany, ed. C. H. Tabot. London, 1954.

Stephen Allott, Alcuin of York, c. A.D. 732 to 804: His Life and Letters. York, 1974.

Lupus of Ferrieres, The Letters of Lupus of Ferrieres, trans. G. W. Regenos. The Hague, 1966.

David Herlihy, ed. The History of Feudalism. New York, 1970.

St. Odo of Cluny, ed. G. Sitwell. London, 1958.

Icon and logos : Sources in Eighth-Century Iconoclasm: An Annotated Translation of the Sixth Session of the Seventh EcumenicalCouncil (Nicea, 787), Containing the Definition of the Council of Constantinople (754 ) and Its Refutation, and the Definition of the Seventh Ecumenical Council , trans. Daniel J. Sahas.  Toronto, 1986.

John Wilkinson, ed., Jerusalem Pilgrims before the Crusades, rev. ed. (Warminster, 2002)