I opened up a stray word document on my desktop, and found in it the beginnings of a translation of the letter of Bishops Aurelius and Mizzonius, prefixed to the Breviarium Hipponense. The latter document is a summary of the decisions of the council of Hippo in 393. I soon discovered why I had stalled – the sentence structures are awful. Inevitably I wondered whether some other poor soul had made his way through it, and started to google. This produced few useful results, but led me to a preview of something by Hartmann, The History of Byzantine and Eastern Canon Law to 1500 (2012). Hartmann discussed the Council of Carthage in 419; and from it I learned that there was a translation in the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers series (series 2, vol. 14); and also a French translation in “Joannou, CSP 197-436”. Maybe these dealt with Hippo?
But “Joannou” rang no bells at all. The preview did not indicate the meaning of this abbreviation. Nor did Google reveal much.
In fact the work referred to is this:
“Joannou CCO/CSP/CPG” = Périclès‑Pierre Joannou, Discipline génèrale antique (IIe–IXe s.), 1.1: Les canons des conciles oecuméniques (IIe–IXe s.), 1.2: Les canons des synodes particuliers (IVe–IXe s.); 2: Les canons des pères greques, 3: Index. (4 volumes; Codification canonique orientale, Fonti, Série 1; Rome-Grottaferrata 1962–1964).
It’s a four volume compilation. In fact some photocopies of the volumes can be found online too, at Archive.org.
The volumes are mingled Latin and Greek, with a French translation at the foot of the page. They must have involved tremendous labour.
But who was Périclès‑Pierre Joannou? I found a couple of brief statements:
Perikles-Petros Joannou; Byzantinist and scholar of patristic literature; born November 27, 1904, in Erzingian, Armenia (now Erzincan in Turkey); studied in Athens and in Paris; an ordained priest, he worked in the Catholic diocese of Marseilles and in the Greek Catholic community in Munich, Germany; submitted his Habilitationsschrift to the Universität München in 1952; taught Byzantine studies and Greek philology at Munich; died January 12, 1972, near Mantua, Italy, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
The other was briefer:
Iōannu, Periklēs Petros; other data in authority record: Byzantinist, classical philologist, and university professor; scholar of Oriental canon law; born 1904; died 1972. http://d-nb.info/gnd/172169445
That’s all that I was able to find. A Roman Catholic priest and academic of considerable scholarly achievements who wrote at least 8 monographs and died at the age of 68 in a car crash. Hardly anything about him has survived the transition to the internet.
His work does not seem to contain material about the Breviarium Hipponense, sadly, although I shall go back to this.* But I’ve learned something tonight; and I hope that others engaged in frantic googling will find this useful.
- Update – the letter is indeed there, vol. 1.2, p.254! Phew.