Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 609
Jerome of Stridon, a presbyter in Bethlehem, writes to Augustine, bishop of Hippo (North Africa), mentioning presbyters Orosius and Firmus. Letter 134, AD 416.
Letter 134
1. Uirum honorabilem, fratrem meum, filium dignationis tuae, Orosium presbyterum et sui merito et te iubente suscepi. [...]
2. [...] Sanctum presbyterum Firmum anno praeterito ob rem earum Rauennam et inde Africam Siciliamque direximus, quem putamus iam in Africae partibus commorari. Sanctos tuo adhaerentes lateri ut meo obsequio salutes, precor. Litteras quoque meas ad sanctum presbyterum Firmum direxi, quae si ad te uenerint, ei dirigere non graueris [...].
(ed. Hilberg 1918: 261-262)
Letter 134
1. I welcomed the presbyter Orosius, an honorable man, my brother, and the son of Your Excellency, on his own merit and at your orders. [...].
2. [...] Last year we sent the holy presbyter Firmus to Ravenna and then to Africa and Sicily for the business of Eustochium and Paula, and we think that he is now staying in part of Africa. I ask that you greet with my respect the saints who remain at your side. I have also sent a letter to the presbyter Firmus. If it should come to you, do not delay to send it to him [...].
(trans. R. Teske, slightly altered)

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Italy north of Rome with Corsica and Sardinia
  • East
  • Hippo Regius
  • Ravenna
  • Bethlehem

About the source:

Author: Jerome
Title: Letters, Epistulae
Origin: Bethlehem (East)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The large corpus of Jerome`s letters covers both great theological themes and personal issues. They are one of the most important sources for our knowledge of Christian life in the fourth to fifth century.
I. Hilberg ed., Sancti Eusebii Hieronymi Epistulae, Pars 3, Ep. 121-154, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 56, Vienna-Leipzig 1918.
A. Goldbacher ed., S. Augustini Hipponiensis Episcopi Epistulae, Pars 3, Ep. 124-184A, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 44, Vienna-Leipzig 1904.
Saint Augustine, Letters 156-210, trans. R. Teske, New York 2004.


Writing activity - Correspondence
Travel and change of residence
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Reverenced by
Relation with - Another presbyter
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Relation with - Noble
Relation with - Monk/Nun
Relation with - Woman
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