Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ID
ER 1653
Letter of Pope Hormisdas to the Emperor Justinus carried to Constantinople by Bishops Germanus of Capua and John (of unknown Italian see), the Presbyter Blandus, the Deacons Felix, AD 519. Letter 50 in the collection of the letters of Hormisdas "In tantum pro gratia" (= letter 149 included in the Collectio Avellana compiled in the second half of the 6th c.).
149. [in Coll. Avell.]
 
Pope Hormisdas praises the Emperor Justinus and in his election he sees the work of Divine Providence that is going to bring peace to the Church. The Pope asks Justinus to accept the Council of Chalcedon and the Tome of Leo and to condemn Acacius.
 
14. nos enim qua decuit affectione per Gratum u. s., cui pro moderatione sui congrue sensimus officium legationis iniunctum, litteris uestri principatus acceptis causae magnitudini conuenientes destinauimus uiros Germanum et Iohannem episcopos et Blandum presbyterum nec non et Felicem diaconum. per quos si, quemadmodum praesumimus, serenitatis uestrae fauor arriserit, secundum quae mandata sunt ecclesiarum adunatione generalitatis possint uota firmari.
 
(Text ed. Guenther 1895: 560-564; summary by M. Szada)
149. [in Coll. Avell.]
 
Pope Hormisdas praises the Emperor Justinus and in his election he sees the work of Divine Providence that is going to bring peace to the Church. The Pope asks Justinus to accept the Council of Chalcedon and the Tome of Leo and to condemn Acacius.
 
14. We, then, having received the letter of Your Highness through the vir spectabilis Gratus to whom, as we gather, the diplomatic duty had been assigned because of his moderation, we dispatched the men proper to the seriousness of the case, Bishops Germanus and John, the presbyter Blandus, and the Deacon Felix. Through them, according to what was ordered, the general hope can be confirmed with the unity of the Churches, if Your Serenity is, as we assume, kindly disposed to that.
 
(summary and translation by M. Szada)

Place of event:

Region
  • East
  • Rome
City
  • Constantinople

About the source:

Author: Hormisdas
Title: Collectio Avellana, Epistulae, Letters
Origin: Rome
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Hormisdas was a bishop of Rome from 514 until his death in 523. During his pontificate he managed to resolve the Acacian Schism (see the discussion in [1581]) in 519. The present letter of Bishop Avitus of Vienne in Gaul alludes to the papal legacy of Ennodius of Pavia and Fortunatus of Catania, the Presbyter Venantius, the Deacon Vitalis, and the notary Hilarus in AD 516 (see [1634] [1639] [1640]).
 
Collectio Avellana is a collection containing 244 letters issued by emperors, imperial magistrates and popes. The earliest piece is dated to AD 367, the latest to AD 553. Hence, the compilator worked most probably in the second half of the 6th c. 200 documents of the Collectio are not known from any other collection. The editor of the Collectio, Günther noticed that it can be divided into five thematic parts (Gunther 1896: 3-96; Steinacker 1902: 14-15; Blaudeau 2013: 4):
1) no. 1-40 is an independent collection making use of the records of the prefecture of the city of Rome concerning two episcopal elections;
2) no. 41-50 that are derived from the records of the bishopric in Carthage, and consist of the letters of Innocentius I and Zosimus;
3) no. 51-55, the late letters of Leo I not known from any other source, regarding the exile of Bishop Timothy II of Alexandria;
4) no. 56-104 the group of letters from the pontificates of Simplicius, Gelasius, Symmachus, John, Agapet, and Vigilius;
5) no. 105-243 the letters from the records of Hormisdas.
 
The modern name of the collection derives from the codex Vaticanus Latinus 4961 copied in the monastery Sancti Crucis in fonte Avellana that was considered the oldest by the brothers Ballerini who edited the Collectio in 1787.
Edition:
O. Guenther ed., Epistolae Imperatorum Pontificum Aliorum Inde ab a. CCCLXVII usque DLIII datae Avellana Quae Dicitur Collectio, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 35/1, 35/2, Prague, Vienna, and Leipzig 1895
A. Thiel ed., Epistolae Romanorum Pontificum genuinae et quae ad eos scriptae sunt a s. Hilaro usque ad Pelagium II, vol. 1, Brunsberga 1868
Bibliography:
P. Blaudeau, "Un point de contact entre collectio Avellana et collectio Thessalonicensis?”, Millennium Yearbook / Millenium Jahrbuch 10 (2013), 1–12.
O. Guenther, Avellana-Studien, Wien 1896.
O. Guenther, "Zu den Gesta de nomine Acacii”, Byzantinische Zeitschrift 3 (1894), 146–149.
D. Moreau, "Les actes pontificaux comme sources des historiens et des chroniqueurs de l'Antiquité tardive", in: L'historiographie tardo-antique et la transmission des savoirs, ed. P. van Nuffelen, P. Blaudeau,  Millenium-Studien 55, Berlin, Boston 2015, 23-54.
H. Steinacker, "Ueber das älteste päpstliche Registerwesen”, Mitteilungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 23 (1902), 1–49.

Categories:

Travel and change of residence
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Ecclesiastical administration - Ecclesiastical envoy
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Relation with - Monarch and royal/imperial family
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