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Title: Cyrille d'Alexandrie cité et citant
Subtitle: Sur un prétendu fragment de son In epistulam ad Corinthios
Author(s): ZAGANAS, Dimitrios
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 94 Issue: 4 Date: 2018
This article refutes K.F. Zawadzki’s assumption that Cyril of Alexandria would have committed a kind of ‘self-plagiarism’ in his Apologia contra Orientales by tacitly copying a so-called fragment of the fifth book of his (now lost) commentary In epistulam ad Corinthios, preserved in the Syriac ms. British Library Add. 14529. Three main arguments are advanced against such an hypothesis: 1) The abridged version of the fragment strongly recalls the manner in which excerptors reformulated (and reused) texts of Cyril; 2) The plethora of quotations and the few self-quotes that Cyril himself inserts in his Apologia are all explicitly identified as such; 3) The short phrases reproduced verbatim by Cyril in his writings cannot be regarded as hidden self-quotes. Therefore, one should conclude that this is not a case of Cyril plagiarizing himself, but a mere mistake for the aforementioned Syriac fragment is actually just an excerpt from Cyril’s Apologia.