Methodius, On Life and Rational Action – online in English

Today I am quite pleased to be able – at long last! – to upload the first English translation of De Vita, On Life and Rational Action, by Methodius of Olympus.

The translation was made by Ralph Cleminson, from the unpublished Old Slavonic text, which alone has survived.  This was accessed using the online images of manuscript 40 of the Holy Trinity-St Sergius Lavra in Russia.

Here it is:

I have also made the files available at Archive.org here.

As usual, I make these files and their contents public domain.  Do whatever you like with them, personal, educational or commercial.

We all owe Dr Cleminson a debt of thanks.  I have also asked him to translate some more Methodius, and he has agreed in principle.  The next one is likely to be De cibis.

7 thoughts on “Methodius, On Life and Rational Action – online in English

  1. You’re welcome!

    Yesterday I used the contact form on the website of the Holy Trinity-St Sergius Lavra, and told them the mss site was offline. It seems “offline” plus a url is intelligible in Russian, for the site returned today. So … there will be more to come.

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