New text of Philostorgius’ Ecclesiastical History

Writing in the first quarter of the fifth century CE, PhilostorgiusEcclesiastical History (preserved in a medieval epitome and other references) is an important work in many respects: it is the only church history  written by an adherent of the anti-Nicene theologian Eunomius, and so provides a new perspective into the Trinitarian controversies of the fourth century; it is a crucial source for our reconstruction of the short-lived but extraordinary reign of the Neoplatonic arch-Pagan Julian the Apostate (361-363 CE); it preserves an interesting tale in which Eunomius faces down, in his first public theological dispute, none other than a Borborite – a member of a sect best known from Epiphanius’ Panarion for its licentious sexual rites. The go-to critical edition of Philostorgius’ Greek text has for over a century been that of Joseph Bidez, translated recently into English and French. Now we finally have a new, modern critical edition of the Greek, edited by Bruno Bleckmann and Markus Stein. The edition has been positively reviewed at BMCR: read it here (in German).

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