Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
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ER 2059
The list of letters written by Presbyter Paulinus, later bishop of Nola (Italy), AD 389-431.
Letter 1 to Presbyter Sulpicius Severus in Primuliacum in the province of Narbonne (Gaul) (early 395). See [2055].
 
Letter 2 to Presbyter Amandus of Bordeaux (Gaul) (early 395). See [2062].
 
Letter 3 to Bishop Alypius of Thagaste (North Africa) (late 395). See [2063].
 
Letter 4 to Presbyter Augustine of Hippo (North Africa) (late 395). See [2066].
 
Letter 5 to Presbyter Sulpicius Severus in Primuliacum in the province of Narbonne (Gaul) (summer 395). See [2067].
 
Letter 6 to Presbyter Augustine of Hippo (North Africa) (spring 395).
 
Letter 7 to Romanianus, a wealthy citizen of Thagaste (North Africa) (late 396).
 
Letter 8 to Licentius, Romanianus' son (late 396).
 
Letter 9 to Presbyter Amandus of Bordeaux (Gaul) (ca 393).
 
Letter 10 to Bishop Delphinus of Bordeaux (Gaul) (ca 393).
 
Letter 11 to Presbyter Sulpicius Severus in Primuliacum in the province of Narbonne (Gaul) (AD 397). Paulinus mentions Sulpicius' authorship of Vita Sancti Martini.
 
Letter 12 to Presbyter Amandus of Bordeaux (Gaul) (AD 397/398). See [2068], [2069], and [2071].
 
Letter 13 to Pammachius, a wealthy citizen of Rome, on the death of his wife Paulina (daughter of St. Paula, sister of Eustochium) (early 396).
 
Letter 14 to Bishop Delphinus of Bordeaux (Gaul) (AD 397/398). See [2074].
 
Letter 15 to Presbyter Amandus of Bordeaux (Gaul) (AD 397/398). See [2075].
 
Letter 16 to Jovius, a Gallic pagan aristocrat (ca 399).
 
Letter 17 to Presbyter Sulpicius Severus in Primuliacum in the province of Narbonne (Gaul) (AD 398/399).
 
Letter 18 to Bishop Victricius of Rouen (Gaul) (AD 398/399).
 
Letter 19 to Bishop Delphinus of Bordeaux (Gaul) (AD 400/401).
 
Letter 20 to Bishop Delphinus of Bordeaux (Gaul) (AD 400/401). See [2077] and [2128].
 
Letter 21 to Presbyter Amandus of Bordeaux (Gaul) (AD 400/401).
 
Letter 22 to Presbyter Sulpicius Severus in Primuliacum in the province of Narbonne (Gaul) (ca 399).
 
Letter 23 to Presbyter Sulpicius Severus in Primuliacum in the province of Narbonne (Gaul) (AD 400). See [2078].
 
Letter 24 to Presbyter Sulpicius Severus in Primuliacum in the province of Narbonne (Gaul) (AD 400). See [2095].
 
Letter 25 to Crispinianus, a soldier (ca 400).
 
Letter 25* to Crispinianus, a soldier (ca 401).
 
Letter 26 to Sebastianus, a hermit who probably lived in Gaul (ca 400). See [2129].
 
Letter 27 to Presbyter Sulpicius Severus in Primuliacum in the province of Narbonne (Gaul) (AD 401/402).
 
Letter 28 to Presbyter Sulpicius Severus in Primuliacum in the province of Narbonne (Gaul) (ca 402). See [2100].
 
Letter 29 to Presbyter Sulpicius Severus in Primuliacum in the province of Narbonne (Gaul) (ca 400). See [2101].
 
Letter 30 to Presbyter Sulpicius Severus in Primuliacum in the province of Narbonne (Gaul) (ca 402/403).
 
Letter 31 to Presbyter Sulpicius Severus in Primuliacum in the province of Narbonne (Gaul) (ca 402/403). See [2107].
 
Letter 32 to Presbyter Sulpicius Severus in Primuliacum in the province of Narbonne (Gaul) (ca 403/404). See [2108], [2119], [2122], and [2125].
 
Letter 33 to Presbyter Alethius of Cahors (Gaul) (ca 402/403). See [2140].
 
Letter 34 = Sermon on the Alms Table (ca 402/403). See [2140].
 
Letter 35 to Bishop Delphinus of Bordeaux (Gaul) (ca 389).
 
Letter 36 to Presbyter Amandus of Bordeaux (Gaul) (ca 389).
 
Letter 37 to Bishop Victricius of Rouen (Gaul) (ca 402/403).
 
Letter 38 to Priest (probably presbyter) Aper from Gaul (ca 397/407). See [2145].
 
Letter 39 to Aper and Amanda, a noble Christian couple from Gaul (ca 397/407). See [2145].
 
Letter 40 to Sanctus and Amandus, probably laymen from Bordeaux (ca 398).
 
Letter 41 to Sanctus, probably layman from Bordeaux (likely a postscript to letter 40) (ca 398).
 
Letter 42 to Bishop Florentius of Cahors (Gaul), brother of Presbyter Alethius, addressee of letter 33 (ca 395/407).
 
Letter 51 to Eucherius and Galla from the island of Lero (Gaul) (ca 423/428). See [2160].

Discussion:

It is worth noting that when Paulinus wrote to people he did not know very well, he always saluted the addressee in his own name and that of his wife, Therasia.
 
From the extant letters of Paulinus, only letter 50 and 51 (and maybe 49) were written while he was holding the rank of bishop. All other letters (with the exception of letters 32 and 33 written ca 389) were composed when he was serving as a presbyter.

Place of event:

Region
  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Gaul
City
  • Barcelona
  • Primuliacum

About the source:

Author: Paulinus of Nola
Title: Letters, Epistulae
Origin: Barcelona (Iberian Peninsula), Nola (Italy south of Rome and Sicily)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Paulinus of Nola (Pontius Metropius Paulinus) was born into a very affluent family ca 335. Although most of his estates were located near Bordeaux in Gaul, he was appointed the governor of Campania in his early twenties. He then returned to Gaul. In 389, after being baptized, Paulinus and his wife moved to Spain. They both started to follow a semi-monastic way of life. Following the death of his newborn son, Paulinus was ordered a presbyter at Christmas 394. In 395, Paulinus established a monastery in Nola in Campania. He served as a bishop of that city from 409 till his death in 431. Paulinus corresponded with many principal Christian intellectuals of the era, including Sulpicius Severus, Jerome, Ambrose of Milan, and Augustine of Hippo. Of this rich epistolographic corpus, however, only fifty-one letters survived. For the list of all letters Paulinus sent as a presbyter, and their addressees, see [2059].
Edition:
G. de Hartel ed., S. Pontii Meropii Paulini Nolani opera, vol. 1 Epistulae, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 29, Prague-Wien-Leipzig 1894.
 
Translation:
Letters of St. Paulinus of Nola, trans. P.G. Walsh, Ancient Christian Writers 35, New York 1966.

Categories:

Writing activity - Correspondence
Family life - Marriage
Family life - Permanent relationship continued after ordination
Relation with - Another presbyter
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Relation with - Wife
Relation with - Noble
Relation with - Monk/Nun
Relation with - Woman
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