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ER 472
The tribune of harbour of Hippo Regius (North Africa) refuses the request of Augustine, the bishop of the city, that the presbyter sent by him may see Faventius, who was arrested for his debts. Augustine, Letter 115, AD 409/423.
Letter 115
1. [...] Ubi memoratus officialis inuentus concedere presbytero, quem miseram, noluit, ut eum saltem uideret. [...]
(ed. Goldbacher 1898: 662)
Letter 115
1. [...]  Where the said magistrate did not want to allow the presbyter sent by me to at least see him [Faventius]. [...]
(trans. S. Adamiak)


The identification of the anonymous presbyter mentioned in this letter with Caelestius, mentioned in Letter 114 in regard to the same affair [598], is unsure.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Hippo Regius

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 100-155, trans. R. Teske, New York 2003.


Functions within the Church - Urban presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Ecclesiastical administration - Ecclesiastical envoy
Pastoral activity - Visiting the sick
Pastoral activity - Ransoming and visiting prisoners and captives
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: S. Adamiak, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER472,