Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1420
Felicianus is a presbyter in a monastery founded by Fulgentius, bishop of Ruspe (North Africa) during his exile to Sardinia, AD 508/509-516/517 and 518/519-523. Account of Pseudo-Ferrandus, "Life of Fulgentius", after AD 534.
The author addresses the recipient as "holy father Felicianus" ("sancte pater Feliciane").
3. [...] in illo paruissimo monasterio quod sibi apud Sardiniam pro Christi nomine relegatus effecerat, ubi iam tu presbyter habitabas, diebus ac noctibus ante eum positus uixi [...].
(ed. Isola 2016: 157)
The author addresses the recipient as "holy father Felicianus" ("sancte pater Feliciane").
3. [...] I also lived days and nights under the guidance of Fulgentius in this very small monastery in Sardina, which he founded when he was relegated because of the name of Christ, and where you also lived, already as a presbyter [...].
(trans. S. Adamiak)


Fulgentius was exiled to Sardinia shortly after his episcopal ordination in AD 508 (I follow the chronology of A. Mandouze in PCBE Afrique: Fulgentius 1), he returned shortly to Africa between AD  516/517  and AD 518/519 and was again exiled until the death of King Thrasamund in AD 523.
Felicianus probably returned from Sardinia together with Fulgentius, and he was ordained his successor in AD 534.

Place of event:

  • Italy north of Rome with Corsica and Sardinia
  • Latin North Africa
  • Ruspe

About the source:

Author: Ferrandus
Title: Vita Fulgentii, Life of Fulgentius
Origin: Carthage (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
None of the manuscripts transmitting the "Life of Fulgentius" provides the name of its author. It was firstly attributed to the deacon Ferrandus by Chifflet in 1649. This theory was largely accepted, by, among others, G.G. Lapeyre, who offered a critical edition of the "Life" in 1929. It was, however rejected by A. Isola in his 2016 edition for Corpus Christianorum, who retains it an anonymous work. It is dedicated to Felicianus, the successor of Fulgentius on the see of Ruspe, so it must have been written in a reasonable span of time after the death of Fulgentius in AD 533.
A. Isola ed., Vita S. Fulgentii episcopi, Corpus Christianorum Series Latina 91F, Turnhout 2016.


Further ecclesiastical career - Bishop
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Monastic or common life - Cenobitic monk
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
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