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Jacques-Paul Migne lived from 1800 to 1875. Information about him from the Catholic Encyclopedia can be found here.
The Wikipedia entry can be found here.


For some "Apostolic Fathers" texts the "Kirsopp Lake" Greek text has been used, as found in the Loeb edition.  It is believed that this now "public domain".


For some Irenaeus texts Harvey's Libros Quinque Adversus Haereses (1857) has been used.


For background information to the late 19th century ANF and NPNF translations used on this site visit Wikipedia here and here.

You can find all of these volumes on the CCEL website here.


These versions of the original language texts and translations have been used because they are relatively easily accessible and because there are not copyright restrictions on their use. Clearly there has been much development in textual research and patristic scholarship since these publications.


The complete scanned Patrologia Graeca can be purchased at the Reltech website.

The complete Patrologia Latina is available on subscription through the Chadwyck website.


The subscription version of the website (on this equivalent page) gives information about where links can be found for downloading scanned copies of nearly all the Migne Patrologiae Latinae and Graecae Cursus Completus volumes.


For further study of  original language patristic texts the following links are recommended. They relate to more recent scholarly versions of the texts.


Corpus Christianorum - for Latin and Greek works.

The catalogue at Brepols (look for Corpus Christianorum and Library of Latin Texts).

The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae website, which will give access to a massive library of Greek texts including a very large number of patristic writers. (Consulting the TLG Canon will give information about the versions on which the TLG texts are based).

Some university and academic libraries may give access to these important resources.
Look out for CLCLT (CETEDOC Library of Christian Latin Texts) which again may be available at some academic libraries e.g. (just for information - you won't be able to log in) here.

For information about the development, since 2002, of CLCLT into the Library of Latin Texts - Series A see here.

Another important site to visit is Sources Chrétiennes.