Epistola ad Coroticum/ad milites Corotici‘Letter to Coroticus (or Letter to the soldiers of Coroticus)’

Saint Patrick
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  • prose
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Patricius (St Patrick)


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In § 3, the letter refers to an earlier letter by St Patrick to Coroticus.


Hiberno-Latin texts


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.

[dipl. ed.] Bleier, Roman [proj. dir.], St Patrick's epistles: transcriptions of the seven medieval manuscript witnesses, Online: Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. URL: <https://gams.uni-graz.at/context:epistles>.
[ed.] [tr.] Howlett, David R. [ed. and tr.], Liber epistolarum Sancti Patricii Episcopi: The book of letters of Saint Patrick the Bishop, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1994.
[ed.] [tr.] Hanson, R. P. C. [ed. and tr.], Saint Patrick: Confession et lettre à Coroticus: introduction, texte critique, traduction et notes, Sources Chrétiennes 249, Paris: Cerf, 1978.
[ed.] Bieler, Ludwig [ed.], Libri epistolarum Sancti Patricii episcopi, 2 vols, Dublin, 1951–1952.  
Reprint from Classica and Mediaevalia 11 (1950): 1–150; and Classica and Mediaevalia 12 (1951): 79–215. The work consists of two volumes: 1. Introduction and text; 2. Commentary. Addenda were published in Analecta Hibernica 23 (1966): 313-315. A reprint was published by the Royal Irish Academy in 1993, with the two parts combined in one volume (series: Clavis Patricii 2, Royal Irish Academy Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources. Ancillary Publications 4).
[tr.] Hanson, R. P. C. [tr.], “English translation of the Confession and the Letter to Coroticus of Saint Patrick”, Nottingham Medieval Studies 15 (1971): 3–26.

Secondary sources (select)

Melia, Daniel F., “The rhetoric of Patrick’s letter to the soldiers of Coroticus”, in: Davies, Morgan Thomas (ed.), Proceedings of the Celtic Studies Association of North America Annual Meeting 2008, CSANA Yearbook 10, New York: Colgate University Press, 2011. 96–104.
Dumville, David N., “Verba militibus mittenda Corotici: an analysis of St Patrick’s tract on the crimes of Coroticus”, in: Dumville, David N., and Lesley Abrams (eds.), Saint Patrick, AD 493–1993, Studies in Celtic History 13, Woodbridge: Boydell, 1993. 117–127.
Dumville, David N., “Coroticus”, in: Dumville, David N., and Lesley Abrams (eds.), Saint Patrick, AD 493–1993, Studies in Celtic History 13, Woodbridge: Boydell, 1993. 107–115.
C. A.,Dennis Groenewegen