It is my pleasure to announce an upcoming two-day conference in Leuven next month on the Ancient Translations of the Apostolic Fathers (AnTrAF).

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Detail of HMML CFMM 309, from the vHMML Reading Room.

The Apostolic Fathers corpus contains an interesting if motley sample of early Christian texts whose Greek was edited several times in the past couple of decades, with new critical editions and commentaries being now produced for each book separately with OUP.

The versions, although quite interesting and varied, receive far less attention. Despite a few exceptions, critical editions of these versions are either still lacking or a century old, even though new manuscripts have been discovered. This conference aims to produce a series of updates on various aspects of the AF transmission in Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Armenian, Slavonic, Middle Persian, Ethiopic and Arabic.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch at if you are interested in this event. This conference was awarded a generous grant from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.


Versions of the Apostolic Past: Ancient Translations of the Apostolic Fathers

22-23 May 2019
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
KU Leuven

Wednesday 22 May

Venue: Romero Room (MTC 02.10)
14:00–14:30 Coffee and welcome

14:30–15:00 | Benjamin Gleede (Universität Zürich)
Preliminary Remarks to a Preliminary Critical Edition of the “Literary” Passio Polycarpi

15:00–15:30 | Taras Khomych (Liverpool Hope University)
Lost or Found in Translation? The Old Slavonic Version of the Martyrdom of Polycarp

15:30–16:00 | Respondent: Joseph Verheyden. Discussion.
16:00–16:30 | Coffee break

16:30–17:00 | Donatella Tronca (Università di Bologna)
The versio latina of the First Letter of Clement to the Corinthians

17:00–17:30 | Dan Batovici (KU Leuven)
1 and 2 Clement in University Library, Cambridge, Add. MSS 1700

17:30–18:00 | Respondent: Joseph Verheyden. Discussion.
19:00 | Dinner 

Thursday 23 May

First venue: MTC 02.10

9:30-10:00 | Samuel Noble (KU Leuven)
The Garshuni “Letter on Priests” of Pseudo-Ignatius of Antioch

10:00-10:30 | Madalina Toca (KU Leuven)
A New Critical Edition of the Syriac ‘Canonical Selection’ of Ignatius’ Letters

10:30-11:00 | Coffee break

11:00-11:30 | Massimo Villa (University of Naples “L’Orientale”)
The Ethiopian Reception of Ignatius of Antioch

11:30-12:00| Respondent: Joseph Verheyden. Discussion.

12:00-14:00 | Lunch break

Second venue: MTC 02.13

14:00-14:30 | Anahit Avagyan (Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts Matenadaran)
The Apostolic Fathers in Armenian

14:30-15:00 | Adrian Pirtea (Freie Universität Berlin/BBAW)
“Gathering Souls through Parables”: The Shepherd of Hermas Fragment from Turfan (M97) and its Manichaean Context

15:00-15:30 | Coffee break

15:30-16:00 | J. Gregory Given (Harvard University)
The Coptic Reception of Ignatius of Antioch

16:00-16:30 | Paolo Cecconi (Chemnitz)
New Cues in Translation Technique in the Two Latin Versions of the Shepherd

16:30-17:00 | Respondent: Joseph Verheyden. Discussion.
17:00 | Conclusion (Dan Batovici)

18:00 | Dinner