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Philippus et Draco

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This story about Philip and the Dragon comes from the Legenda Aurea, the "Golden Legends," or lives of the saints written by Jacobus of Voragine. You can read the English version of the Legenda Aurea by Caxton online.

Although there is only a brief entry for Philip in the Golden Legends, there is an apocryphal book, The Acts of Philip, which you can read online, as well as an apocryphal Gospel of Philip found in the Nag Hammadi Library. For more information, see the Philip pages at Catholic Forum, St. Patrick's - DC, Catholic Online, the Catholic Encyclopedia and wikipedia.

Filippino Lippi, Philip Driving the Dragon from the Temple of Hieropolis.
1502 - Santa Maria Novella, Florence.
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Philippus apostolus
cum XX annis
per Scythiam praedicasset
praedicasset: subjunctive with cum
a paganis tenetur
et ad immolandum
statuae Martis
ab eisdem compellitur.
 
Tunc subito
draco quidam ingens
desub base
statim exiit,
 
qui
filium pontificis
qui ignem ministrabat
in sacrificio
interfecit

qui: relative pronoun, agreeing with draco in gender and number

qui: relative pronoun, agreeing with filium in gender and number

duosque tribunos
quorum ministri
Philippum
in vinculis detinebant
extinxit
quorum: relative pronoun, agreeing with tribunos in gender and number
ceterosque
adeo
sui flatus fetore
infecit
ut omnes
morbidi redderentur.
redderentur: subjunctive with ut
Dixitque Philippus:
"Credite mihi
et statuam istam confringite
et in loco eius
crucem domini adorate
 
ut infirmi vestri sanentur
et mortui suscitentur."
sanentur...suscitentur: subjunctives with ut
At hii
qui cruciabantur
clamabant:
qui: relative pronoun, agreeing with hii in gender and number
"Tantum fac
ut sanemur
et hunc Martem
protinus confringemus."
sanemur: subjunctive with ut
Tunc Philippus
draconi praecepit
ut in locum desertum
descenderet
ita ut nulli omnino noceret.

descenderet: subjunctive with ut

noceret: subjunctive with ut

Qui
statim recessit
et ulterius non comparuit.
qui: relative pronoun, agreeing with draconi in gender and number
Tunc Philippus
omnes sanavit
et illis tribus mortuis
vitae beneficium
impetravit;
 
sicque
universis credentibus
per annum unum
eis adhuc praedicavit
universis credentibus : ablative absolute
et eis
presbiteros et diacones ordinans
in Asiam
in civitatem Ierapolin
venit.
ordinans...venit : participle plus verb (he appointed... and went...)

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