Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 705
Augustine, bishop of Hippo Regius (North Africa), challenges to a debate the Manichaean presbyter of this city (successor to Fortunatus). Letter 79, AD 404.
Letter 79
[...] Itaque denuntio tibi in nomine Christi, ut <...> si paratus es, solue quaestionem, in qua defecit praecessor tuus Fortunatus et ita hinc ierat, ut non rediret, nisi cum suis disputatione conlata inueniret, quid contra respondere posset disputans cum fratribus. [...]
 (ed. Goldbacher 1898: 25-26)
Letter 79
[...] And so I order you in the name of Christ that <...> if you are prepared, resolve the question over which your predecessor, Fortunatus, failed. And he left here on the condition that he would not return unless, after having had a discussion with his people, he found something that he could reply to the contrary in discussion with our brothers.  [...]
(trans. R. Teske)


The discussion between Augustine and Fortunatus [456] took place in Hippo in 392 AD (see [798] and [896]). We do not know the name of the successor to Fortunatus, whom Augustine addresses in this letter.

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 1-99, trans. R. Teske, New York, 2001.


Functions within the Church - Urban presbyter
Relation with - Heretic/Schismatic
Religious grouping (other than Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian) - Manichaean
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