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Patristics / Patrology -- The Early Church Fathers & Their Writings: Biography

Grounded in the teachings and passion of Jesus Christ, early Christian theologians studied Jewish thought, Greek philosophy, and Greek and Latin vocabulary in their endeavor to explain complex Christian theological concepts.

A Note on Names

Ancient and Medieval names sometimes create a challenge.  You may run into variations on a name between texts, as, besides the official Latin name, a person would have a name in the local language or dialect -- perhaps additionally complicated because of transliteration from Greek or other languages.  If famous, there might even be a third name by which the person was known in foreign lands.  Again, bibliographic listings, and the way the name is entered in a library catalog or a periodical index, as well as in the indexing for Google and other search engines may vary. LibrarySearch gives lots of "see" references for various forms.  Searching databases may be harder; try a keyword search, and see if you can find an 'official' subject or author heading in one of the resulting records.

E.g.: Aurelius Augustinus, St. Augustine, Augustine of Hippo, Augustinus Hipponensis...

Manual of Patrology and History of Theology

Hagiography Database

Acta Sanctorum. Latin. 1863.

Names in Church History: To the Reformation

Here are some of the significant names in the history of Post-Apostolic Christianity, to possibly use as a starting point for finding a paper topic.  See the Getting Started tab for Reference materials with good initial information on these and other people and topics in Church history.  Consult with your librarian to find more focused sources, both in Reference and elsewhere.






Antony the Hermit


Justin Martyr





Evagrius of Pontus

Ignatius of Antioch

Ephrem the Syrian

Macarius/ Pseudo-Macarius

John Chrysostom

Basil of Caesarea

Theodore of Mopsuestia

Cyril of Alexandria

Cyprian of Carthage


John of Damascus

Simeon Stylites

Leo (I) the Great

St. Augustine of Hippo

Denys the Areopagite

Benedict of Nursia

John Cassian

Irenaeus of Lyon

Gregory of Nyssa


Basil the Great

Gregory Nazianzus

Cyril and Methodius

Gregory (I) the Great