Typescript translation of The Ecclesiastical History of Socrates Scholasticus by Frederick Cornwallis Conybeare. Socrates Scholasticus, fifth-century Byzantine historian, wrote a history of the Church in seven books, from 306 A.D., when Constantine was declared emperor, until the seventeenth consulate of Theodosius the Younger in 439. The work was intended as a continuation of Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History. Robert Estienne issued the first printed edition of Socrates Scholasticus in Paris in 1544.
Translation of Socrates Scholasticus
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 133 Eng MS 1225
- Dates of CreationEarly 20th Century
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description260 x 203 mm. 1 volume (563 folios);
- Direct Link
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Frederick Cornwallis Conybeare (1856-1924), biblical and Armenian scholar, was born at Coulsdon, Surrey, on 14 September 1856. He won a scholarship to University College, Oxford, in 1876, obtained firsts in classical moderations and literae humaniores, and was elected a fellow in 1880 and made praelector in philosophy.
Having a private income Conybeare was able to resign his college appointments in 1887 and to devote himself to researching ancient Armenian manuscripts, particularly versions of Aristotle and Plato. He also produced comments on and translations of other Greek authors and became interested in church history and in the textual criticism of the Septuagint and New Testament. He made several significant discoveries of Armenian and Georgian printed books and manuscripts bearing on the history of early Christianity and its sects, and on general biblical and patristic literature. He also catalogued the Armenian manuscripts in the British Museum and the Bodleian Library, Oxford. In 1904 Conybeare joined the Rationalist Press Association, which published his Myth, Magic, and Morals, a Study of Christian Origins (1909).
Source: D.S. Margoliouth, 'Conybeare, Frederick Cornwallis (1856-1924)', rev. Roger T. Stearn, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004. By permission of Oxford University Press - http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/32537.
Conditions Governing Access
The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.
Presented to the John Rylands Library by Sir John J. Conybeare, in memory of his father F.C. Conybeare, on 13 May 1951.
Description compiled by Jo Humpleby, project archivist, and John Hodgson, Keeper of Manuscripts and Archives, with reference to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography article on Frederick Cornwallis Conybeare.
Other Finding Aids
Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1952-1970 (English MS 1225).
See Albert C. Clark and J. Rendel Harris, F.C. Conybeare, 1856-1924, The Proceedings of the British Academy (London, 1926).