Scéla Siluester ⁊ Constantin

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Irish religious texts, Homily
The legend of Pope Sylvester I and the miraculous cure of Constantine the emperor. The copy in Leabhar Breac ends imperfect.
Scéla Siluester ⁊ Constantin
This title has no basis in manuscript evidence but is used for the convenience of reference.
Initial words (prose)
  • Siluestar tra espoc firen foithnech he
  • Middle Irish
prose (primary)
Textual relationships

“It can hardly be doubted that the original of the Irish was some Latin version of a Greek text not greatly differing from that given by Combefis” (Atkinson). See also the miracle story Scéla Siluester ocus Constantin.


Irish religious 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.

[ed] [tr.] Atkinson, Robert [ed. and tr.], The passions and the homilies from Leabhar Breac: text, translation and glossary, Todd Lecture Series2, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1887.
CELT – edition: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
51–54 (edition); 289–293 (translation with introduction).
[ed.] Dottin, Georges, Manuel d'irlandais moyen, 2 vols, Paris, 1913.
Internet Archive – vol. 1: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2: <link>, <link>
Vol. 2, 88–91 Extract from the above.

Secondary sources (select)

Plummer, Charles, “A tentative catalogue of Irish hagiography”, in: Plummer, Charles [ed.], Miscellanea hagiographica Hibernica: vitae adhuc ineditae sanctorum Mac Creiche, Naile, Cranat, Subsidia Hagiographica15, Brussels: Société des Bollandistes, 1925. 171–285.
[id. 360.]
Dennis Groenewegen
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