Vitae Sanctorum
(578 words)

[German version]

('saints' lives'), an important genre of hagiographic literature. The VS enjoy a special position among the documents concerning early Christian saints (B.) and their veneration. From the point of view of the literary genre, they belong to the biography ('spiritual biography': [5.8]), but they can also assume features of other Greek and Roman literary genres (such as the novel), as well as of biblical stories. Modern scholars favour the term 'hagiographic discourse', which includes numerous types of texts and shows, in its function a…

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Rist, Josef (Würzburg), “Vitae Sanctorum”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 January 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12205920>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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