Ancient Documents

Trying to find that obscure document for a homework assignment? It just might be here. I’ve collected a pretty sizeable group of documents from the early Christian church and the rest of the ancient world. Let me know if you think I should add something…and let me know if I’ve misattributed a text.

Adrian
The Epistle of Adrian
Africanus
A Letter to Origen from Africanus about the History of Susanna
Antoninus
The Epistle of Antoninus to the Common Assembly of Asia
Athenagoras
A Plea for the Christians by Athenagoras the Athenian: Philosopher and Christian
The Treatise of Athenagoras the Athenian…On the Resurrection of the Dead
Barnabas
The Epistle of Barnabas
Clement of Alexandria
Praise of the Corinthians Before the Breaking Forth of Schism Among Them.
A Hymn to Christ the Saviour
Fragments from Antonius Melissa
Exhortation to the Heathen
Fragments of Clemens Alexandrinus
The Stromata, or Miscellanies: Book I (Chap. I to Chap. XV)
The Stromata, or Miscellanies: Book II
The Stromata, or Miscellanies: Book III
The Stromata, or Miscellanies: Book IV (Chap. I to Chap. XIII)
The Stromata, or Miscellanies: Book V (Chap. I to Chap. XII)
The Stromata, or Miscellanies: Book VI (Chap. I to Chap. X)
The Stromata, or Miscellanies: Book VII (Chap. I to Chap. X)
The Stromata, or Miscellanies: Book VIII
Who Is the Rich Man That Shall Be Saved?
Commodianus
The Instructions of Commodianus In Favour of Christian Discipline
Corderius
The Catena on Luke
Eusebius
Eusebius — Ecclesiastical History
Ignatius
The Second Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians
The Third Epistle of the Same St. Ignatius
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Antiochians
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians
The Epistle of Ignatius to Hero
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians
The Epistle of Ignatius to Mary At Neapolis, Near Zarbus
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philippians
The Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyraeans
The Epistle of Ignatius to St. John the Apostle
A Second Epistle of Ignatius to St. John
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Tarsians
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Virgin Mary
Irenaeus
Irenaeus Against Heresies — Book I
Irenaeus Against Heresies — Book II
Irenaeus Against Heresies — Book III
Irenaeus Against Heresies — Book IV
Irenaeus Against Heresies — Book V
Fragments from the Lost Writings of Irenaeus
Justin Martyr
The First Apology of Justin Martyr
The Second Apology of Justin Martyr
Justin Describes His Studies In Philosophy and Other Articles
Other Fragments from the Lost Writings of Justin
Fragments of the Lost Work of Justin on the Resurrection
It Is Proved That This Prophecy Has Been Fulfilled and Other Articles
Christ Refers All Things to the Father and Other Articles
Justin’s Hortatory Address to the Greeks
Justin on the Sole Government of God
The Discourse to the Greeks
Dialog with Trypho
Marcion of Smyrna
The Encyclical Epistle of the Church At Smyrna Concerning the Martyrdom of the Holy Polycarp
Marcus Aurelius
The Epistle of Marcus Aurelius
Mary of Cassobelae
The Epistle of Maria the Proselyte to Ignatius
Martin Luther
95 Theses
Melito of Sardis
Peri Pascha (“On the Passover”)
Methetes
The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus
Minucius Felix
The Octavius of Minucius Felix (Chap. I to Chap. XXI)
Nicetas
Nicetas Bishop of Heraclea — from His Catena
Origen
Origen Against Celsus — Book I
Origen Against Celsus — Book II
Origen Against Celsus — Book III
Origen Against Celsus — Book IV
Origen Against Celsus — Book V
Origen Against Celsus — Book VI
Origen Against Celsus — Book VII
Origen Against Celsus — Book VIII
Origen De Principiis
A Letter from Origen to Africanus
A Letter from Origen to Gregory
Papias, St.
Fragments of Papias
Pastor, the
The Pastor: Book First — Visions
The Pastor: Book Second — Commandments
The Pastor: Book Third — Similitudes
The Pastor: Book First — Visions
Pliny the Younger
Pliny to the Emperor Trajan (and Trajan’s reply)
Polycarp
The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians
Tatian
Tatian’s Address to the Greeks
Tertullian
Ad Martyras
Against All Heresies
Against Hermogenes
The Five Books Against Marcion — Book I
The Five Books Against Marcion — Book II
The Five Books Against Marcion — Book III
The Five Books Against Marcion — Book IV
The Five Books Against Marcion — Book V
Against Praxeas
Against the Valentinians
De Fuga In Persecutione
Of Patience
On Baptism
On Exhortation to Chastity
On Fasting
On Modesty
On Monogamy
On Prayer
On Repentance
On the Apparel of Women
On the Flesh of Christ
On the Pallium
On the Resurrection of the Flesh
On the Veiling of Virgins
Scorpiace: Antidote for the Scorpion’s Sting
Ad Nationes — Book I
Ad Nationes — Book II
An Answer to the Jews
The Apology (Chap. I to Chap. XXIII)
On Idolatry
The Prescription Against Heretics
The Chaplet, or de Corona
The Shows, or de Spectaculis
The Soul’s Testimony
To Scapula
A Treatise on the Soul
To His Wife
Instructor, the
The Instructor — Book I
The Instructor — Book II
The Instructor — Book III
The Instructor — Elucidations and Hymns
Theophilus of Antioch
Theophilus to Autolycus — Book I
Theophilus to Autolycus — Book II
Theophilus to Autolycus — Book III
Thomas a Kempis
The Imitation of Christ
Wesley, John
A Plain Account of Christian Perfection
Unknown
The Martyrdom of Ignatius
The Martyrdom of the Holy Martyrs: Justin, Chariton, Charites, Paeon, and Liberianus
Prayer to the Paedagogus
To the Paedagogus
Fragments Found In Greek Only In the Oxford Edition / Not Given In the Oxford Edition
The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas
Reply of the Blessed Virgin to This Letter
Maximus and Antonius Melissa
Pseudepigrapha
The Book of Enoch

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