I’ve been reading through the German translation of various Acts of the Persian Martyrs, with the aid of Google Translate. My main interest has been in the Life of the East Syriac Catholicos, Mar Aba I. But I have dabbled in some of the other, shorter, acts, which date mainly from the 4th century persecution. I can’t say how reliable the latter are: many of the accounts seem to have very little historical content.
But the Life of Mar Aba looks much more like a historical document, although it does have a couple of chapters of stock “miracles by Mar Aba” carried out at Constantinople, at which, I admit, I rather winced.
In fact it is sufficiently interesting that it really should be online in English. I have dropped an email to someone who possesses the relevant skills and might be interested in making a translation for us all.
In the meantime I need to think of some short, interesting Greek texts. A translator whom I have not used before has become available in this area, and I want to commission something. Does anyone have any suggestions? I’m thinking in terms of a sermon by Chrysostom, perhaps, at the moment, but I am in no way wedded to this.
The other big news is that I have ordered a new laptop, so I shall spend time with that this weekend.