General Guides and Bibliography
- Patristische Arbeitshilfen im Internet
Very useful list of links maintained by Martin Walraff, currently devided into five sections: Algemeines, Zeitschriften und Reihen, Forschungsprojekte und -gruppen, Datenbanken und e-Texte, and Fremdsprachige Zeichensätze für Patristiker. All five lists first appeared in Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum, and a sixth is in preparation
- Fourth-Century Christianity
Under the direction of Glen Thompson, this site promotes and stores research tools and texts for the study of the Church and its environment in the Fourth Century.
- BIBP Database
Base d’Information Bibliographique en Patristique/Bibliographic Information Base in Patristics. An online searchable database of articles on patristic topics with some 30,000 entries culled from 325 academic journals. Search terms must be submitted in French.
- Bibliographia Iuris Synodalis Antiqui
“This bibliography is a project of the Institute of Church History at Bonn University” and provides a full database of “sources and literature concerning early Christian synodal law.”
- Bibliographies for Theology
Bibliographies for Christian history, theology and spirituality covering primarily the period from the New Testament to the Reformation with a very substantial section on the Early Church. Partially annotated and downloadable in PDF format. Overall a tremendous resource.
- Academic Info on Religion: Christianity [etc.]
An excellent annotated list of internet resources, several of which pertain to ECS.
- Yahoo! – History of Christianity
Links to numerous Church History sites of varying quality and usefulness.
- The Hall of Church History: The Church Fathers
Subtitled, “Theology from a Bunch of Dead Guys,” The Hall of Church History is a resource guide covering a number of periods and movements from the early church to the present. A modest amount of material, but well presented.
- Early Christianity (WSU World Cultures)
This site offers an introduction to Christianity and its origins, though only touching upon the patristic period proper (with pages on Augustine and Boethius). It’s associated resources should prove useful once completed (see, e.g., the glossary entry for “typology”).
- Sources littéraires – Auteurs chrétiens
A survey of the major collections of patristic texts and part of the Bibliotheca Classica Selecta, “a bibliographic introduction to classical studies.” This site also hosts pages on “Littérature chrétienne grecque et latine” and many related subjects.
- African Christianity (N. Lettinga)
A fairly broad and useful survey of African Christianity covering most of the continent.
- ORB—Late Antiquity in the Mediterranean
“A Guide to Online Resources.” Includes an excellent overview of Late Antiquity, with links to both primary and secondary works and other relevant online resources.
- Society for Late Antiquity
Here one may find the Society’s e-journal, conference announcements, and a very large links list (unannotated) of websites “more or less directly related to Late Antiquity.” Links are arranged topically with subjects ranging from prosopography to current job listings. This is not a site to be missed.
- Journals for Late Antiquity (ORB)
List of journals with links to online content.
- Conferences on Late Antiquity
This page on the ORB site lists upcoming “conferences, colloquia, and workshops relevant to students of Late Antiquity.”
- De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors
“The encyclopedia consists of (1) an index of all the emperors who ruled during the empire’s 1500 years, (2) a growing number of biographical essays on the individual emperors, (3) family trees (“stemmata”) of important imperial dynasties, (4) an index of significant battles in the empire’s history, (5) a growing number of capsule descriptions and maps of these battles, and (6) maps of the empire at different times. Wherever possible, these materials are cross-referenced by live links.” The Ancient and Medieval Atlas is especially to be noted.
- Worlds of Late Antiquity (O’Donnell)
A collection of “miscellaneous materials” pertaining to Late Antiquity, organized in particular for the benefit of Prof. O’Donnell’s seminar students.
- CLST 277: World of Late Antiquity
Syllabus for Prof. Jacqueline Long’s seminar on Late Antiquity, including links to many of the course readings.
- Late Antiquity Discussion Forum (LT-ANTIQ)
Information on subscribing to the Late Antiquity listserv.
- Atlas historique de l’Antiquité tardive
A good resource, but not yet complete for all regions and periods.
- Electronic Antiquity: Communicating the Classics
Ejournal publishing primarily on classical antiquity, but including some articles and reviews on Late Antique and early Christian subjects.
Byzantine and Medieval Studies
- The Gnostic Society Library (Ecclesia Gnostica)
This archive has the Nag Hammadi Library and other gnostic and related texts online, including a large number of antignostic works, pseudepigrapha and apocrypha, liturgical, philosophical and mystical texts, and much more. An excellent resource.
- The Gospel Of Thomas Homepage
Contains links to several translations of GTh and a large amount of secondary literature on both Thomas and Q.
- Archaeology on the Net
An excellent academic resource page.
- The Alacami
Excavation, survey and three-dimensional reconstruction of a late Roman basilica in Cilicia (Southern Turkey).
- The Virtual World Project
“The Virtual World Project consists of a series of interactive, virtual tours of ancient sites that are particularly important for the study of the ancient world. The tours are constructed from a series of 360-degree, virtual reality images which are linked together to cover an entire site.”
Index of biblical quotations and allusions in early Christian literature.
- Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism
“The Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism is designed as the internet version of an ongoing research seminar of graduate students at the department of theology of Marquette University (Milwaukee, USA).” It contains 200+ papers or links to resources relevant to this subject. A superb website.
- The Christian Catacombs of Rome
A very comprehensive site of an academic caliber.
- Suzetta’s Christian Legends & Symbols
Well, perhaps it does not have a lot to do with early Christianity, but this is a really interesting page. The author provides a great deal of information on Christian symbols and features a different animal of the bestiary every week.
- Rodolpho Lanciani’s Pagan and Christian Rome
The complete text of Lanciani’s book (New York, 1882), with photos, illustrations and some additional notes by Bill Thayer, who is responsible for mounting the text. A very fine piece of work.
- Calendar Utility
A very useful web form that converts Gregorian/Julian dates, noting also various indictions and calendrical styles.
- A History of Monastic Spirituality
A nearly book-length course of study on early monastic spirituality by Fr. Luc Brésard of Citeaux. It includes a selection of primary texts and review questions. There are other similar e-courses on the same website (Scriptorium Scourmontois), including an Initiation au monachisme des premiers siècles chrétiens by Véronique Dupont, but in French only.
- Ecclesiatica History List (ECCHST-L)
“ECCHST-L is an electronic discussion list for topics in the History of Christianity intended primarily for scholars and students in that field, but open to all with an interest in the subject matter. We deal with all periods and all geographical areas in the History of Christianity. With almost 700 current subscribers, you are likely to find others who share your interests.”