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ER 1666
Letter of Bishop Epiphanius of Constantinople to Pope Hormisdas in which he confirms that he helds the same faith as Rome; he mentions the papal legates, Bishops Germanus, the Deacons Felix and Dioscorus, and the presbyter Blandus, AD 520. Letter 121 in the collection of the letters of Hormisdas "Deus qui in alto" (= letter 195 included in the Collectio Avellana compiled in the second half of the 6th c.).
195. [in Coll. Avell.]
 
In the letter Epiphanius informs Pope Hormisdas that he has been elected to the see of Constantinople as the successor of John II. Then he confirms that he professes the same faith as the pope.
 
7. Quantus enim circa uestram uenerabilem fraternitatem in omnibus sit amor, iubete perpendere, quia quos uestra apostolica sedes condemnans in sacris diptychis recitare non iussit, eos nec ego inter sacra facio nominari mysteria. Hoc autem et his notum est, qui a uobis sunt directi uiri reuerentissimi, id est Germano sanctissimo episcopo, Felici et Dioscoro diaconibus et Blando presbytero, qui efficaciter exsecuti sunt ea, quae eis sunt a uobis iniuncta.
 
Epiphanius asks Hormisdas to pray for him, for the emperor and his wife.
 
(ed. Guenther 1895: 653-654; summary by M. Szada)
195. [in Coll. Avell.]
 
In the letter Epiphanius informs Pope Hormisdas that he has been elected to the see of Constantinople as the successor of John II. Then he confirms that he professes the same faith as the pope.
 
7. But do consider how great is our love to your venerable Fraternity in everything because those whom you ordered not to recite in the diptychs we too do not name during the holy celebrations. It is also well known to the most reverend men who were sent by you, that is, the most holy Bishop Germanus, the Deacons Felix and Dioscorus and the Presbyter Blandus who effectively performed what was ordered to them by you.
 
Epiphanius asks Hormisdas to pray for him, for the emperor and his wife.
 
(trans. and summary M. Szada)

Discussion:

The letter was sent to Rome together with Letter 192 [1665] dated to 9 July AD 520.

Place of event:

Region
  • East
  • Rome
City
  • Constantinople
  • Rome

About the source:

Author: Hormisdas
Title: Collectio Avellana, Epistulae, Letters
Origin: Constantinople (East)
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. Epiphanius of Constantinople, the author of the present letter, became a bishop in AD 520 succeeding John II the Cappadocian. He ruled until his death in AD 535.
 
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 - Deacon
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: M. Szada, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER1666, http://www.presbytersproject.ihuw.pl/index.php?id=6&SourceID=1666