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Patristics/Early Church History

This guide identifies resources on patristics and early church history found in Pius XII Memorial Library. The guide is intended for use by both beginning or advanced graduate students and faculty.


Mellersh, H.E.L.  Chronology of the Ancient World 10,000 B.C. to A.D. 799.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 1994 (rep. of 1976 ed.)   Ref. D54.5.M45 1994

Although many of the encyclopedias listed elsewhere contain chronological tables, this is without doubt one of the most comprehensive chronologies to be found for the time period covered.  Left-hand pages list political events;  right-hand pages cover religious, intellectual and artistic developments.  Events are dated to the precise day, month, season or year if possible; otherwise, a general indication is given.  For later chronology see R.L. Storey, Chronology of the Medieval World 800 to 1491 (Ref. D118.S855 1994) which follows the same format.

Eder, Walter and Johannes Renger, eds.  Brill's New Pauly: Chronologies of the Ancient World; Names, Dates and Dynasties. Leiden--Boston:  Brill, 2007.    Ref. DE5.P33323 2007

One of the supplemental volumes to Brill's New Pauly, it is especially good for lists of governing officials (emperors, kings, princes, and various office holders. Note especially the section "Bishops and Patriarchs" beginning on p. 315 for various lists of ecclesiastical leaders.


A less detailed but still comprehensive chronology may be found in vol. 2 of the 2nd edition of the Encyclopedia of the Early Church (this chronology does not appear in the 3rd edition) preceding the map plates. For views in the early church with respect to chronology, see the article "Chronography--Chronology" in vol. 1 of the Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity.