Jacques Paul Migne

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Migne, Jacques Paul

 

Born Oct. 25, 1800, in St. Flour; died Oct. 24, 1875, in Paris. French abbot and publisher of medieval literature.

Notable among Migne’s numerous multivolume publications is his Patrologia, published in two series, the Latin and the Greek. The Latin series contains works of church authors of the second through the early 13th centuries. The Greek series is chiefly a compendium of works of Orthodox (Greek) writers up to the 16th century; the series published texts in the original Greek together with their Latin translations. In addition to religious writings, the Patrologia included many annals, papal bulls, and letters. These collections were reprints of sources from the best previous publications and were often accompanied by introductory articles by the most important scholars of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Because of its vast scope, the Patrologia has retained its importance up to the present time, although in the 20th century many of the texts have been published in more up-to-date scholarly editions.

PUBLICATIONS

Patrologiae cursus completus: Ser. Latina, vols. 1–221. Paris, 1844—64. New ed., vols. 1—. Paris, 1958—.
Patrologiae cursus completus: Ser. Graeca, vols. 1–166. Paris, 1857–66.
Scripturae sacrae cursus completus, vols. 1–28. Paris, 1837–45.
Theologiae cursus completus, 2nd ed., vols. 1–28. Paris, 1839—45.
Collection intégrate et universelle d’orateurs sacrés, vols. 1–99. Paris, 1844–55.

B. L. FONKICH

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Howard Bloch opens God's Plagiarist: Being an Account of the Fabulous Industry and Irregular Commerce of the Abbe Migne by asking how a nineteenth-century priest, the abbe Jacques-Paul Migne, was able to publish over one thousand books in thirty years and create a publishing concern worth more than 3,000,000 francs (14, 1).
Howard Block, in a recent book called God's Plagiarist (1994) about Jacques-Paul Migne, the publisher of the Patrologia Latina and the Patrologia Graeca among other sets of books, quotes a remark of Migne which he borrowed from Tertullian and used in many of his sales prospectuses: `In this world anxious for Progress, we offer the Tradition of the past in order to march forward.