Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1500
Ennodius, as a cleric in Pavia or as a deacon in Milan (northern Italy), writes a courteous letter to the Presbyter Adeodatus of Rome, fourth/fifth c. Letter III, 7 = no. 74 in Vogel.
Book III, Letter 7 = no. 74 in the edition of Vogel
Quis uestrae affectionis inmemor, nisi qui est inhumanus, existat? Quis totius religionis personae apud Deum nolit habere suffragium? Ego maxime, qui et grauibus peccatorum sarcinis premor et uestram gratiam optinui, quae res mihi absolutionem integram pollicetur. Salutans ergo ueneranter et debite spero, ut pro me per omnia sanctorum loca uota facias. Quae consecutus Dei beneficia sine mora dissoluam, quia conpertum mihi est, quod mereris audiri.
(ed. Gioanni 2010: 13 = Vogel 1885: 82)
Book III, Letter 7 = no. 74 in the edition of Vogel
Could there be a person, except of someone utterly inhuman, oblivious of your affection? Who would not like to have help of such a religious person before God? I certainly do! I am oppressed by the burden of serious sins, but I have gained your favour, which is a promise of complete absolution for me. I greet you, then, with veneration, and I rightly hope that you will give prayers for me in the shrines of saints. I will emulate you and repay without delay for the favours of God, because I am sure that you deserve to be listened to.
(trans. M. Szada)

Place of event:

  • Italy north of Rome with Corsica and Sardinia
  • Rome
  • Pavia
  • Milan
  • Rome

About the source:

Author: Ennodius
Title: Letters, Epistulae
Origin: Milan (Italy north of Rome with Corsica and Sardinia), Pavia (Italy north of Rome with Corsica and Sardinia)Rome
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Magnus Felix Ennodius (477/4 - 521) was a Roman noble from the senatorial family, born in Gaul and raised in Northern Italy. He became a cleric in Pavia and was ordained by the bishop of this city, Epiphanius. Later he joined the clergy of Milan where he was promoted to the diaconate around the year 502. In the year 515 (at the latest) he was elevated to the see of Pavia. He was a bishop there until his death in 521. Ennodius was involved in many ecclesiastical and political affaires of his time, and he also gained the reputation of being a good rhetorician and teacher. He maintained good relations with the Ostrogothic King Theodoric–, and in 507 he even composed a panegyric for the king. During his episcopacy, he was also sent as an envoy to Constantinople in order to negotiate the ending of the schism between Rome and Constantinople (the Acacian schism). For general information on Ennodius see PCBE, Italie, v. 1, Magnus Felix Ennodius; Kennel 2000.
Ennodius authored several works of different genres: discourses, lives of saints, poems, and letters directed to various addressees representing the Church and the state. On the collection of letters see Gioanni 2001, and the Introduction in Gioanni 2010.
The date of the present letter is uncertain. It was certainly written when Ennodius was still a deacon. Presbyter Adeodatus is attested in other sources between AD 495 (the council of Rome) and AD 502 (the council of Agde).
F. Vogel ed. Magni Felicis Ennodii opera, Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Auctores Antiquissimi 7, Berlin 1885
S. Gioanni ed., Ennode de Pavie. Lettres, vols. 1-2, Paris 2010
S. Gioanni, "La contribution épistolaire d’Ennode de Pavie à la primauté pontificale sous le règne des papes Symmaque et Hormisdas", Mélanges de l’Ecole française de Rome. Moyen-Age 113 (2001), 245–268.
S.A.H. Kennell, Magnus Felix Ennodius: a gentleman of the church, Ann Arbor 2000.


Writing activity - Correspondence
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Relation with - Deacon
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: M. Szada, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER1500,