Patristic Resources: Patrologia Graeca

The web continues to provide the context for the provision of excellent scholarly resources – although some of them are hard to track down.  There are few people who would have direct access to the volumes of Migne’s original language editions of Greek Patristic texts (most theological college libraries probably don’t have them), but they are now available online (H/T to the folk over at Deinde for drawing my attention and to Ben at Thoughts on Antiquity for tracking it down).

The Migne volumes are best accessed via the site directory here.  Note that the texts are in Unicode (hurray), and some are available for download in p.pdf rather than display, but note also that Firefox does not seem to be able to show the text easily (I am probably missing a plugin).  Safari or Explorer will do the trick though.

This is an invaluable online scholarly resource.  For a taster, here is a fragment from Melito of Sardis (preserved in Eusebius):

Οὐκ ἐσμὲν λίθων οὐδεμίαν αἴσθησιν ἐχόντων θεραπευταί, ἀλλὰ μόνου θεοῦ τοῦ πρὸ πάντων καὶ ἐπὶ πάντων καὶ τοῦ Χριστοῦ αὐτοῦ ὄντος θεοῦ λόγου πρὸ αἰώνων ἐσμὲν θρησκευταί

We are not those who offer worship to stones, not one of which has sensation, but we are worshippers of the only God who is before all things and over all things and of God’s (his) Messiah who is the Word of God before all time.