Severian of Gabala, the enemy of John Chrysostom, has left around 60 homilies to us, some in Greek, preserved under his enemy’s name, and others in Armenian or other languages. Much of this material is unpublished, and nearly all of it is untranslated. Being rather obscure, it can be hard to get a handle on the material.
Today I found two articles by Robert E. Carter in JSTOR, which help quite a lot. The first discusses the chronology of the homilies, and identifies 20 which can be dated to 400 or 401 A.D. This gives an overview of Severian’s life, and also a useful bibliography. The reader is referred by Dr. Carter to an article by Sever Voicu for details of Severian’s life and works, and I wish it were accessible to me.
But it also refers back to an earlier article, which sets out an index of scriptural references in Severian’s sermons. This also gives a list of Severian’s homilies on p.324-6, which is more up-to-date than the CPG list. Some of the unpublished items listed in the CPG now seem to have appeared.
I’m not sure who without JSTOR access would find this list of raw texts useful, but perhaps a list of Severian’s works, modified for a more general readership, ought to appear online.
- Robert E. Carter, The chronology of twenty homilies of Severian of Gabala, Traditio 55 (2000), p.1-17. On JSTOR here.↩
- Sever J. Voicu, “Severien de Gabala,” Dictionnaire de spiritualite 14 (Paris, 1990), 752-63.↩
- Robert E. Carter, An index of scriptural references in the homilies of Severian of Gabala, Traditio 54 (1999), p.323-351. On JSTOR here.↩