Long a classic, this series of more than 160 volumes remains the most comprehensive record of Greek patristic material in existence. Though many of the works covered in the series have been published more recently in various critical editions, Patrologia Graecae remains the only published source for much of the material, and the completeness of coverage is unsurpassed by other modern editions of similar material.
The electronic form of Patrologia Graecae (Electronic PG) has been digitized in image format, thus greatly reducing the cost while preserving the appearance of the original pages. The tables of contents of Patrologia Graecae are notoriously vague and unhelpful, so we have created completely new and comprehensive electronic tables of contents in our version. Although full-text searching will not be possible with the images, metadata searching (including such items as patristic writers and titles of works in Latin and English) will be possible.
PG is a collection of the writings of the church leaders who wrote in Greek, including both the Eastern "Fathers" and those Western Christians who wrote before the Latin takeover of the West in the third century. It includes, for example, the early writings collectively known as the Apostolic Fathers, such as the Epistles of Clement and The Shepherd of Hermas, the church historian Eusebius, the controversial theologian Origen, and the Cappadocian Fathers Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa. PG's coverage extends to 1439, the date of the Council of Florence.
The texts are generally interlaced, with one column of Greek and a corresponding column on the other side of the page that is the Latin translation. Where the Greek has been lost, such as in Irenaeus, the full text appears only in Latin, and the extant Greek fragments of the work are interspersed throughout the Latin text. In one instance, the original is preserved in Syriac only and translated into Latin.