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Fransen, P.I., ed.; Coppieters 't Wallant, B. ed., Flori Lugdunensis Collectio ex Dictis XII Patrum (Turnhout: Brepols [Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Medievalis 193])

Text name(s): Collectio ex Dictis XII Patrum; Collection of the Sayings of the Twelve Fathers

Number of pages of primary source text: 189


Dates: 800 - 900

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • Europe


Record Types: 

  • Theology

Subject Headings: 

  • Church Fathers
  • Theology - Scriptural / Exegesis


  • Index
  • Bibliography
  • Introduction


Florus of Lyon, a deacon in the second half of the ninth century, was a theologian and canonist, an influential figure in the Frankish kingdom who often gave his opinion on weighty theological matters. His florilegia (compilations of sayings) of the church fathers was intended as an aide-memoire for clerics, drawing together instructive quotations useful for sermons or theological works. This volume contains an edition of Florus’ florilegia of Sts. Cyprian and Hilary of Poitiers, organized by work. The editors have also edited volumes on Ambrose (II, Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis 193A), and on Pacianus, Theophilus, Gregory Nazianzen, Ephrem, Leo, Cyril of Alexandria, Fulgentius, Paulinus Nolanus, and Avitus (III, CCCM 193B).

Introduction Summary: 

The editors’ lengthy (69pp) French introduction includes biographical information on Florus, as well as a discussion of his many florilegia and their sources. The editors analyze Florus’ other works, which include pastoral guides for bishops, and place his Collection on the 12 Fathers in the context of these other works. Finally, they provide an analysis of the sections on Cyprian and Hilary, noting the works from which the quotations are drawn.

Cataloger: MCB