Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 47
Deacon Faustinus travels from North Africa to Gaul to buy a ship for the Presbyter Heraclius. Augustine, Letter 7*, North Africa, AD 426/427.
Letter 7*
1. ...quamuis propter imperandam nauem ad Gallias in negotio presbyteri Heraclii fueris directus.
(ed. Divjak 1981: 39)
Letter 7*
1. Although in the matter of the Presbyter Heraclius you were sent to the Gaul to order a ship.
(trans. R.Teske, slightly altered)


Faustinus was the deacon of Hippo, mentioned by Augustine in his Sermon 356,4, but it is not certain whether the Presbyter Heraclius in question is really the successor of Augustine mentioned in other sources.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Hippo Regius

About the source:

Author: Augustine of Hippo
Title: Letters 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.
J. Divjak ed., Sancti Aureli Augustini Epistolae ex duobus codicibus nuper in lucem prolatae, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 88, Vienna 1981.
J. Divjak ed., Saint Augustin. Lettres 1*-29*, Bibliothèque Augustinienne 46B. Paris 1987.
Saint Augustine, Letters 211–270, 1*–29*, trans. R. Teske. New York 2005.
Delmaire, R. “Contribution des nouvelles Lettres de saint Augustin à la prosopographie du Bas-Empire romain.” In Les Lettres de Saint Augustin découvertes par Johannes Divjak, 83–86. Paris: Études Augustiniennes, 1983.


Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Economic status and activity - Buying & selling
Economic status and activity - Indication of wealth
Relation with - Deacon
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