The Medieval Vitae of St. Mary of Egypt // A Synopsis & Repository of Versions and  Translations

The Medieval Vitae of St. Mary of Egypt
// A Synopsis & Repository of Versions and  Translations

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Synopsis

These are the preliminary stages of a synopsis, i.e. a parallel comparison of several medieval versions and translations of the Life of St. Mary of Egypt — from the original 7th century Greek legend attributed to Sophronios, to its numerous Latin translations and abridgements from the 7th to the 14th century, to a number of vernacular versions (cf. the list below under Sources). Many of these texts are accompanied by modern translations.

This whole project is very much work in progress. For the foreseeable future, the synopsis will remain restricted to one section of the legend's plot: The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross comes; Mary of Egypt joins others to go to the church, tries to enter, but some divine force holds her back; she sees the icon of the Mother of God above where she is standing.

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Texts & Sources

Under sources, all the sources used for the synopsis are also available as separate texts. These are:

Greek

Latin
    Prose translations
    Poetic versions
    Prose abbreviations
Vernacular
 
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