Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 597
Augustine, bishop of Hippo Regius (North Africa), writes to Paulinus, bishop of Nola (South Italy). He mentions the Presbyter Quintus, who has recently travelled from Africa to Italy, and greets the presbyter Paulinus. Letter 149, AD 414/416.
Letter 149
1. Quod de perventione tam prospera fratris est conpresbyteri nostri Quinti et qui cum eo navigaverunt cito nos dominus exhilaravit nuntiantibus litteris sanctitatis tuae, gratias agens ei qui recreat afflictos et humiles consolatur [...]
34. [...] Conpresbyterum Paulinum et omnes, qui tua praesentia in Domino perfruuntur, germano salutamus affectu.
(ed. Goldbacher 1904: 348. 380)
Letter 149
1. We give thanks to God, who comforts the afflicted and consoles the humble, because the Lord has quickly brought us joy by the reports of the letter of Your Holiness about the successful arrival of our brother and fellow presbyter, Quintus, and of those who sailed with him. [...]
34. [...] We greet with brotherly love our fellow presbyter Paulinus and all who enjoy your presence in the Lord.
(trans. R. Teske, slightly altered)


Presbyter Quintus is probably to be identified with Deacon Quintus, who carried a letter of Augustine to Nola (Augustinus, Letter 94,1 = Paulinus, Letter 35, 1).
A. Mandouze thinks that Presbyter Paulinus may have later become the bishop of Nola (PCBE Italie 1: Paulinus Iunior 7), known by the epitaph from 10 September 442 (Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum X, 1340); he is of course different from the St Paulinus of Nola, who is the addressee of this letter.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Italy south of Rome and Sicily
  • Hippo Regius
  • Nola

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. 124-174A, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 44, Vienna-Leipzig 1904.
 Saint Augustine, Letters 100-155, trans. R. Teske, New York 2003.


Travel and change of residence
Former ecclesiastical career - Deacon
Further ecclesiastical career - Bishop
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Described by a title - Conpresbyter
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