It is a pleasure to welcome the publication of the first proper edition and English translation of the letters of the Deacon Ignatius almost a century after their existence was reported...this is a most welcome publication of a difficult text, which is unlikely to find another English translator for a long time.
Ignatios was a key figure in the revival of literary culture in Constantinople during the first half of the ninth century. He is best known for his hagiography, but also wrote poems, compiled proverbs, and edited textbooks. His survives in a single manuscript and was first published in a now rare 1903 edition. The 64 letters are presented in facing pages of Greek and English. Some contain important information on social and economic aspects of his time. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.