Fragments of Philip of Side are in the 6th century fictional dialogue set at the court of the Sassanids and known as the Religionsgesprach after Bratke’s publication. But since I learned that Pauline Bringel had made a critical edition in an unpublished French thesis a few years ago, I have been attempting to obtain a copy.
I did find a website which sort of looked as if it supplied theses. But the site — the Atelier National de Reproduction des Thèses has got back to me, telling me that they can suppy a copy for 20 euros or so… in micro-fiche format! Yes, really!! What an extraordinary thing to do, in the age of the PDF. And… shouldn’t they make these available for free? The public has already funded them, in taxes, after all.
Of course this means that there is a fall-back position. I could get the fiche, get it converted to PDF (at further cost) and then email it to my translator.
But a French scholar has slipped me Dr Bringel’s email address. I have written to her and asked if she has a PDF, or will sell me a photocopy. Let’s hope I can get a copy that way.
UPDATE: Pauline Bringel has very kindly given me a copy of her thesis. 515 pages! Wow!