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Labriolle, Pierre de


Historian, Latin scholar, and patrologist; b. Asnières, near Paris, June 18, 1874; d. Nantes, Dec. 28, 1940. After classical studies in Paris, he taught at Laval University in Montreal, at the Collège Stanislas in Paris, at the lycée in Rennes, and at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland (190419), and was associated with the University of Poitiers and the Sorbonne in Paris, (192640). In 1916 he entered the Académie des inscriptions et belles lettres. His patristic studies began with short biographies of SS. Vincent of Lérins (1906), Jerome (1907), and Ambrose (1908). After a dissertation at Fribourg on the sources for the history of montanism (1910), he published La Crise montaniste (Paris 1913). His Histoire de la littérature latine chrétienne (1910, Eng. tr. H. Wilson, 1925), was reedited by G. bardy (2 v., Paris 1947). He founded the Bulletin d'ancienne littérature et d'archéologie chrétienne (Paris 1911). He revived the study of patristics in French universities; his fame rests particularly on the texts he edited and his translation of several of Augustine's works for the Budé series. La Réaction païenne (to Christianity) appeared in Paris in 1934, and he contributed to volumes three and four of Histoire de l'Église (193637) of A. fliche and V. martin.

Bibliography: j. zeiller, Revue des études latines 19 (1941) 5561. a. hamman, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, ed. j. hofer and k. rahner (2d, new ed. Freiburg 195765) 6:721.

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