Help with Categorizing Patristic Resources

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Matthew | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Dec 8 2018 6:26 AM

The situation - I recently purchased Orthodox Diamond and greatly increased the number of Patristic writings in my library.

The goal - I would like to be able to see at a glance, either by tag or by collection, which authors (1) were Ante-Nicene, Nicene, or Post-Nicene, and (2) what language(s) they originally wrote in (Greek, Latin, Syriac, etc.).

The problem - I am by no means an expert on Patristics (though I am trying to improve my knowledge!) and have yet to find a comprehensive list that meets my criteria. Schaff's set only covers a fraction of the writings that are out there, though it gave me a place to start. 

Any ideas for the best way for me to do this? Is there a better system of categorizing them than what I am attempting? 

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 8 2018 12:50 PM

An idea is in thread => Creating a New Series of Commentaries discussion, which includes resource title modification conventions: e.g. year prefix. Personally use a prefix letter to indicate resource language (could be used to indicate original language).

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 8 2018 1:09 PM

You can find the indexes to the Migne collections of the Greek, Latin and Syrian series online and use them as a starting point.

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Matthew | Forum Activity | Replied: Yesterday 5:10 AM

Thank you both for your responses, and I apologize for my delay in responding. After my initial post, it occurred to me that there might be an easier way to go about categorizing these resources. Is there a particular Faithlife group I can join and download documents for relevant pre-made collections? I seem to recall that at sometime in the past I had downloaded several collections that sorted the various Fathers. I was searching Faithlife groups this morning but was unable to find anything. I will keep looking later when I have more time, and if I find it, I will be sure to post here for anyone else who may be interested.

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