Corpus Christianorum

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The Corpus Christianorum , abbreviated to CC , is a series of books published by the Belgian publisher Brepols Publishers in Turnhout , which aims to make the Greek and Latin works of Christian ecclesiastical writers of the patristic period and the Middle Ages accessible in critical text editions.


The Corpus Christianorum goes back to the project started by Eligius Dekkers together with Brepols in 1947 to replace the Patrologia Latina by Jacques Paul Migne , which is mainly based on reprints, with a critical edition based on the research of the 20th century. The original plan only included the Latin works from the period from Tertullian to Beda Venerabilis . The project was prepared by the establishment of the journal Sacris Erudiri (1948) and the publication of Dekkers' Clavis Patrum Latinorum (CPL, 1951), and in 1953 the first text editions appeared.


The Corpus Christianorum has since been greatly expanded and is now divided into the following sub-series:

  • CCSL - Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina : Latin Christian writers of the first eight centuries.
  • CCCM - Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaevalis : Latin Christian writers from the Carolingian period to the end of the Middle Ages.
  • CCSG - Corpus Christianorum, Series Graeca : Greek Christian writers primarily from the period after the 1st Council of Nicaea .
  • CCSA - Corpus Christianorum, Series Apocryphorum : Pseudoepigraphic or anonymous texts of Christian provenance that ascribe their origin to biblical people or to an event described in the Bible. Published by the Association pour l'étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne

In addition, there are series of publications for monographs and lexicographical aids for indexing the text editions.

The text editions of the CCSL and CCCM sub-series are in electronic form part of the CETEDOC Library of Christian Latin Texts (CLCLT), which was started under the direction of Paul Tombeur of the Université Catholique de Louvain in collaboration with Brepols and has been under the title Library since October 2001 of Latin Texts (LLT) will be continued by the Tombeur-led Center “Traditio Litterarum Occidentalium” in Turnhout in collaboration with Brepols.

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