Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 460
Augustine, bishop of Hippo Regius (North Africa0, sends a letter to Caecilian, the governor of the province of Africa, through a presbyter who can provide Caecilian with further information on the attacks of the Donatists against Catholics. Augustine, Letter 86, AD 406/409.
Letter 86
1. [...] Quantum etiam in campo Hipponiensi haeretica praesumat audacia, si ex fratribus et collegis meis, qui haec tuae sublimitati narrare potuerint, uel ex presbytero, quem cum litteris misi, fueris audire dignatus, adiuuante domino Deo nostro procul dubio prouidebis, ut tumor sacrilegae uanitatis terrendo sanetur potius, quam ulciscendo resecetur.
(ed. Goldbacher 1898: 396-397 )
Letter 86
1. [...]  If you would deign to listen to how presumptuous the audacity of heretics has been in the area of Hippo either from my brothers and colleagues who could tell Your Sublimity of these things or from the presbyter whom I sent to you with a letter, you would undoubtedly with the help of the Lord our God make provision that the tumor of sacrilegious vanity may be healed by instilling fear rather than cut away by taking vengeance.
(trans. R. Teske, slightly modified)

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Hippo Regius
  • Carthage

About the source:

Author: Augustine of Hippo
Title: Letters, Epistulae
Origin: Hippo Regius (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The letters of Augustine of Hippo cover a wide range of topics: Holy Scripture, dogma and liturgy, philosophy, religious practice and everyday life. They range from full-scale theological treatises to small notes asking someone for a favour. The preserved corpus includes 308 letters, 252 written by Augustine, 49 that others sent to him and seven exchanged between third parties. 29 letters have been discovered only in the 20th century and edited in 1981 by Johannes Divjak; they are distinguished by the asterisk (*) after their number.
The preserved letters of Augustine extend over the period from his stay at Cassiciacum in 386 to his death in Hippo in 430.
A. Goldbacher ed., S. Augustini Hipponiensis Episcopi Epistulae, Pars 2, Ep. 31-123, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 34/2,  Prague-Vienna-Leipzig 1898.
Saint Augustine, Letters 1-99, trans. R. Teske, New York 2001.


Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
    Ecclesiastical administration - Ecclesiastical envoy
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