Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ID
ER 2078
Presbyter Paulinus, later bishop of Nola, writes to Presbyter Sulpicius Severus from Primuliacum (Gaul). The courier of Sulpicius` letters to Paulinus is Victor. During his stay in Nola, he cuts Paulinus` hair. Paulinus of Nola, Letter 23, AD 400.
Letter 23 to Sulpicius Severus
 
Victor, a monk from the monastery of Primuliacum, visits Nola. Paulinus values him very highly. Victor cuts Paulinus' hair
 
10. Ad uiuum quasi nouacula radente perimantur.
 
Paulinus further adds that in general
 
24. [Coma] viro dedecens, feminae decus est.
 
(ed. de Hartel 1894: 168 and 181)
Letter 23 to Sulpicius Severus
 
Victor, a monk from the monastery of Primuliacum, visits Nola. Paulinus values him very highly. Victor cuts Paulinus' hair
 
10. To the flesh as though a razor shaved them.
 
Paulinus further adds that in general
 
24. Hair is unbecoming to a man, but a glory to a woman.
 
(trans. Walsh 1966: 2.12 and 2.27)

Discussion:

This letter was most probably sent in 400, along with letters 24 and 29, see Walsh 1966: 2.301.

Place of event:

Region
  • Italy south of Rome and Sicily
  • Gaul
City
  • Nola
  • Primuliacum

About the source:

Author: Paulinus of Nola
Title: Letters, Epistulae
Origin: 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. From 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
Food/Clothes/Housing - Hairstyle
Relation with - Another presbyter
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER2078, http://www.presbytersproject.ihuw.pl/index.php?id=6&SourceID=2078