Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 550
Catholic presbyters are killed and beaten by Donatists. Augustine, Letter 133, North Africa, AD 411/412.
Letter 133
1.Circumcelliones illos et clericos partis Donati, quos de Hipponiensi ad iudicium pro factis eorum publicae disciplinae cura deduxerat, a tua nobilitate comperi auditos et plurimos eorum de homicidio, quod in Restitutum, catholicum presbyterum, commiserunt, et de caede Innocentii, alterius catholici presbyteri, atque de oculo eius effosso et digito praeciso fuisse confessos. [...]
(ed. Goldbacher 1898: 80-81)
Letter 133
1. I have learned that those Circumcellions and clerics of the Donatist party whom the official in charge of public safety led off from Hippo Regius to trial for their actions had their cases heard by Your Excellency and that very many of them confessed to murdering Restitutus, a Catholic presbyter, and to beating Innocent, another Catholic presbyter, and to tearing out his eye and cutting off his finger. [...]
(trans. R. Teske, slighlty altered)

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 3, Ep. 124-184A, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 44, Vienna-Leipzig 1904.
Saint Augustine, Letters 100-155, trans. R. Teske, New York 2003.


Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Relation with - Heretic/Schismatic
Conflict - Violence
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