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The history of research on ancient traditions concerning the final fate of Mary was found in the West and in the East since the mid-nineteenth century. Three "samples" of the literature on the Dormition and Assumption of Mary existed until the mid-nineteenth century in Western scientific circles. These samples include: the Transitus Latin Pseudo-Melito of Sardis, The History Euthymiaque, and the Greek Dormitio Pseudo-Jean François-Xavier Berger. The historiographical review presented in this chapter focuses on three points: the first is devoted to editions and translations of texts; the second to studies on literary traditions; and the final point deals with the latest studies on the topological traditions. Editions and translations of the writings on the Dormition and Assumption of Mary played a very important role in the development of studies on ancient traditions regarding the ultimate fate of Mary. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Assumption of Mary; Dormition of Mary; final fate of Mary; The History Euthymiaque



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