Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1014
Eusebius, to whom Sulpicius Severus addressed his Letter 1, was a presbyter, and now is a bishop. Account in the "Dialogues" by Sulpicius Severus, writing in Primuliacum (Gaul), ca AD 406.
Dialogue 2.9.5
Quod mihi non arbitror esse referendum, quia hoc plenius iste Sulpicius, licet in libro suo praeteritum, in epistula tamen postea, quam ad Eusebium, tunc presbyterum, modo episcopum fecit, exposuit.
(ed. Fontaine 2006: 260)
Dialogue 2.9.5
I do not think it is necessary to tell this story since Sulpicius, although omitting it from his book, nevertheless revealed it in a letter to Eusebius, who, then a presbyter, has now become a bishop.
(trans. Goodrich 2015: 223, changed by J. Szafranowski)

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • East

About the source:

Author: Sulpicius Severus
Title: Dialogues, Dialogi, Gallus sive dialogi de virtutibus sancti Martini, Dialogorum libri II
Origin: Primuliacum (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Sulpicius Severus` hagiographical corpus concerning Martin of Tours consists of the Life itself, three letters, and three Dialogues. The Dialogues were composed between the year 400 (the year of the Origenist controversy, to which Sulpicius makes a reference), and the year 410-412 when Jerome`s Commentary on Ezekiel was published, in which Jerome mentions the Dialogues. Stancliffe (Stancliffe 1983: 81) suggests that the Dialogues were composed between 404 and 406, judging by the comment of one of the interlocutors that eight years have passed since Martin`s death (in 397) and no allusion to the barbarian invasions of Gaul in 406-407. The work was likely published in two separate volumes, with volume 1 containing the first and second Dialogues and volume 2 the third and last. It can be proved by both early manuscript tradition and the account of Gennadius (see [670]).
Sulpicius Severus, Gallus: dialogues sur les “vertus” de Saint Martin, ed. and transl. J. Fontaine, Sources Chrétiennes 510, Paris 2006.
Sulpicius Severus, The Complete Works, transl. R.J. Goodrich, Ancient Christian Writers 70, New York 2015.
C. Stancliffe, St. Martin and his hagiographer: history and miracle in Sulpicius Severus, Oxford 1983.


Writing activity - Correspondence
Further ecclesiastical career - Bishop
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Relation with - Another presbyter
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