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De duodecim abusivis saeculi‘Of the twelve abuses of the world’

Pseudo-Cyprian
  • Latin
  • prose
  • Hiberno-Latin texts
tract
Author
Pseudo-CyprianPseudo-Cyprian (fl. 7th century) – Anonymous Irish author of the Latin treatise De duodecim abusivis saeculi, a work which is otherwise attributed in the manuscripts to Cyprian, the 3th-century bishop of Carthage.
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Isidore of SevilleIsidore of Seville
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Augustine of HippoAugustine of Hippo
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attributed to Cyprian, whence the anonymous author is commonly known as Pseudo-Cyprian; also sometimes attributed to Isidore of Seville and Augustine of Hippo.
Language
  • Latin
  • Latin.
Date
7th century
Provenance
Ireland
Form
prose (primary)
Textual relationships

Sources: Bible, Rule of Benedict, Irish wisdom literature.

Classification

Hiberno-Latin texts
Contents

Twelve chapters:

1. Sapiens sine operibus (The wise man without works)

2. Senex sine religione (The old man without religion)

3. Adolescens sine oboedienia (The young man without obedience)

4. Dives sine elemosyna (The rich man without charity/alms-giving)

5. Femina sine pudicitia (The woman without modesty/decency)

6. Dominus sine virtute (The lord without virtue/strength)

7. Christianus contentiosus (The contentious Christian or the Christian who loves the world)

8. Pauper superbus (The proud poor man)

9. Rex iniquus (The unjust king)

10. Episcopus neglegens (The negligent bishop)

11. Plebs sine disciplina (The community without punishment)

12. Populus sine lege (The people without (Christ’s) law)

Sources

Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

Edition wanted.
A new critical edition is needed.
[ed.] Hellmann, Siegmund [ed.], Ps.-Cyprianus. De xii abusiuis saeculi, Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur 34, Leipzig, 1909.
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Edition of the text as it comes down at a later stage of transmission.
[ed.] Migne, Jacques-Paul [gen. ed.], S. Thascii Cæcilii Cypriani episcopi Carthaginensis et martyris opera omnia, Patrologia Latina 4, 2nd ed. (1844), Paris: Garnier, 1891.
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Secondary sources (select)

Johnson, Máire, “The Vita I S. Brigitae and De duodecim abusiuis saeculi”, Studia Celtica Fennica 9 (2012): 22–35.
Breen, Aidan, “De XII abusivis: text and transmission”, in: Ní Chatháin, Próinséas, and Michael Richter (eds.), Ireland and Europe in the early Middle Ages: texts and transmissions / Irland und Europa im früheren Mittelalter: Texte und Überlieferung, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2002. 78–94.
Breen, Aidan, “Pseudo-Cyprian De duodecim abusivis saeculi and the Bible”, in: Ní Chatháin, Próinséas, and Michael Richter (eds.), Irland und die Christenheit: Bibelstudien und Mission. Ireland and Christendom: the Bible and the missions, Veröffentlichungen des Europa Zentrums Tübingen. Kulturwissenschaftliche Reihe, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1987. 230–245.
Anton, Hans Hubert, “Pseudo-Cyprian, De duodecim abusivis saeculi und sein Einfluß auf den Kontinent, insbesondere auf die karolingischen Fürstenspiegel”, in: Löwe, Heinz [ed.], Die Iren und Europa im früheren Mittelalter, 2 vols, vol. 2, Veröffentlichungen des Europa-Zentrums Tübingen. Kulturwissenschaftliche Reihe, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1982. 568–617.
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