Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 429
Augustine, bishop of Hippo, recalls how while still a presbyter he wrote his first letter to Jerome. Augustine, Letter 71, North Africa, ca AD 403.
Letter 71
2.  [...] Primas etiam quas ad te adhuc presbyter litteras praeparaueram mittendas per quendam fratrem nostrum Profuturum, qui postea collega nobis factus iam ex hac uita migrauit [...]
(ed. Goldbacher 1898: 249-250)
Letter 71
2.  [...] When I was still a presbyter I had prepared my first letter to be sent to you by the hands of a certain brother of ours, Profuturus, who later became a colleague of ours and has already left this life. [...]
(trans. R. Teske, slightly modified)


Letter 71 was written about AD 403. Augustine refers here to the Letter 28, written in about AD 394.

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.


Writing activity - Correspondence
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Relation with - Another presbyter
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