Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 506
Augustine, bishop of Hippo Regius (North Africa), asks Optatus, bishop of an unknown place, for the profession of faith that he wrote and to which a presbyter falsely added his signature. Augustine, Letter 202/A, AD 420.
Letter 202/A
9. Propterea petiueram prioribus litteris meis, ut libellum fidei, quem te scripsisse commemoras eique nescio quem presbyterum fallaciter subscripsisse conquereris, mihi mittere dignareris, quod etiam nunc peto. [...]
(ed. Goldbacher 1911: 307)
Letter 202/A
9. On this account I had asked in my previous letter if you would be so good as to send me the profession of faith that you mention you wrote and to which you complain some presbyter or other had falsely added his signature. [...]
(trans. R. Teske, slightly altered)

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 4, Ep. 185-270, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 57, Vienna-Leipzig 1911.
Saint Augustine, Letters 156-210, trans. R. Teske, New York 2004.


Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
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