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Patericon or paterikon (Greek: πατερικόν), a short form for πατερικόν βιβλίον ("father's book", usually Lives of the Fathers in English), is a genre of Byzantine literature of religious character, which were collections of sayings of saints, martyrs and hierarchs, and tales about them.

Among the earliest collections of this kind are the Αποφθέγματα των άγίων γερόντων (Palladius - of the 4th century. Various paterica also known in translations into a number of languages (Latin, Slavonic, Coptic, Armenian, etc.)

In Russian Orthodoxy this kind of literature is known from the early Slavic literature, first translations, then original texts created in various monasteries.

Some paterica

  • Valaam Patericon, a paterikon of the [3]
  • Romanian Patericon ISBN 978-0-938635-97-0
  • Serbian Patericon ISBN 978-0-938635-75-8
  • Scete Patericon, an early Slavonic translation of Apophthegmata Patrum
  • Kievan Cave Patericon, a paterikon of the Kiev Cave Monastery (13th century), uk:Патерик Києво-Печерський
  • Volokolamsk Patericon' (16th century)

See also


  • uk:Житія Святих Отців
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