Aphrahat (ca. first half of 4th cent.) is the author of 23 "Demonstrations" and is commonly referred to as "The Persian Sage". The manuscript tradition has also transmitted his works under the name of Jacob. Not much is known about the life of this writer, but he was likely an ecclesiastical leader writing from the Persian empire in the mid-4th century. His writings constitute one of the earliest collections of classical Syriac, preceding the Holy Mar Ephrem.[1] For more research on the corpus and writings of Aphrahat, see Brock's handout as well as the bibliographical search here.



J. Gwynn, Select Library of Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers, 13.II (1898). [English translations of Demonstrations I, V, VI, VIII, X, XVII, XXI, XXII]

J. Parisot, "Aphraatis Sapientis Persae Demonstrationes",  PS 1-2 (Paris, 1894, 1907); With Latin Translation [Vol. 1; Vol. 2]

W. Wright, The Homilies of Aphraates, the Persian Sage (London, 1869).


The English titles in the sections below were taken from Adam Lehto, The Demonstrations of Aphrahat the Persian Sage (Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 27; Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2010). The Entries below will contain the English title, the Latin title from Parisot, links to the Syriac texts of Parisot and Wright, and links to the selected English translations of Gwynn.


The Demonstrations


[1]  S.P. Brock, "Aphrahaṭ", GEDSH (Piscataway, 2011): 24-25.