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The Bollandist Society is a Jesuit research institute dedicated to the critical study of Greek, Latin, Oriental and vernacular hagiographic literature as well as to the history of the saints and their cults. Founded in the early 17th century this is one of the oldest scientific societies in the world.

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This is a unique institution renowned for its comprehensive and specialised library, with many ancient and rare works and manuscripts among its 500,000 volumes.

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Thanks to a generous gift from the Baillet Latour Foundation we are able to catalogue over 22,000 books published prior 1800.

Analecta Bollandiana, 135-II (2017): Contents

Xavier LEQUEUX.  La Passion prémétaphrastique de saint Athénodore de Syrie (BHG 2048). Critical edition accompanied by a French translation of the Passion of Athenodorus martyred in Syria in the reign of Diocletian based on the only two known manuscripts: codex 88 of...

Analecta Bollandiana, 135-I (2017): Contents

Sebastian BROCK.  The Martyrdom of Crescus (Crescens) of Myra. Le Martyre de Crescens de Myre est conservé, de manière pas tout à fait complète, dans deux anciens manuscrits syriaques, qui font ici l’objet d’une édition et d’une traduction.  Leur contenu est très...

Analecta Bollandiana, 134-II (2016): Contents

Frederick M. BIGGS.  Bede's Martyrologium and the Martyrologium Hieronymianum. This essay questions two assumptions that have guided the study of martyrologies: the Martyrologium Hieronymianum did not, the author argues, contain any historical entries, which are...

Analecta Bollandiana, 134-I (2016): Contents

Christelle JULLIEN.  Découverte d'un martyr perse dans un légendier latin médiéval. A mediaeval Latin manuscript has preserved the Passion of a fifth-century Persian martyr, Vamnes, who is totally unknown in the hagiographic and liturgical sources of the various...

Analecta Bollandiana, 133-II (2015): Contents

Xavier LEQUEUX.  La Passion grecque abrégée de sainte Cyprille martyre à Cyrène en Libye (BHG 2093). The new text edited on the basis of MSS Andros, Monastery τῆς Ζωοδόχου Πηγῆς 65 (15th cent., f. 195-198v) and Vaticanus graecus 2014 (12th cent., f. 111-113) relates...

Analecta Bollandiana, 133-I (2015): Contents

Basile MARKESINIS.  Les débuts du monoénergisme. Rectifications concernant ce qui s’est passé entre Cyrus d’Alexandrie, Serge de Constantinople et S. Sophrone de Jérusalem. The article shows that St Sophronius met Cyrus of Antioch after the Union (3 June 633) between...

Analecta Bollandiana, 132-II (2014): Contents

Analecta Bollandiana, 132-II (2014)   Michael LAPIDGE.  The "Ancient Passio" of St Dionysius (BHL 2171). The earliest surviving account of St Dionysius is the Passio listed by the Bollandists as BHL 2171. This work was drawn on extensively by Hilduin of Saint-Denis,...

Analecta Bollandiana, 132-I (2014): Contents

Philipe WOOD.  Hira and Her Saints. Cet article considère un cycle de quatre Vies de saints provenant de Hira, dans le Sud-Ouest de l’Irak. Le premier de ces textes, la Vie de Babai le Scribe, témoigne de la continuation de relations étroites entre les Chrétiens du...

Analecta Bollandiana, 131-I (2013): Contents

François BOVON – Bertrand BOUVIER.  La translation des reliques de saint Étienne le premier martyr. After the Martyrdom of Saint Stephen and the Revelation of the Protomartyr's Relics, this is the third Greek text giving accounts of the saint.  All three texts were...

Analecta Bollandiana, 131-II (2013): Contents

Sergey KIM.  Une homélie inédite sur la décollation de Jean-Baptiste attribuée à Jean Chrysostome. Introduction, édition et traduction d’après le ms. Ochrid, Musée National, Inv. 1 (Mošin gr. 72). The present article offers the editio princeps of a pseudochrysostomian...