Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 624
The presbyter Cornutus carries a letter of Hesychius, bishop of Salona (Dalmatia) to Augustine, bishop of Hippo Regius (North Africa), and Augustine`s response back to Hesychius. Letters 197 and 198 in Augustine`s correspondence, AD 419/420.
Letter 197 [by Augustine]
1. Ad sanctitatem tuam filio tuo conpresbytero nostro remeante Cornuto, per quem litteras tuae uenerationis accepi, quibus exiguitatem meam uisitare dignatus es, tandem rescripta persoluo et debitum resalutationis obsequium multum me commendans acceptissimis domino precibus tuis, domine frater. [...]
Letter 198  [by Hesychius]
1. Desideranti et expectanti mihi sanctus conpresbyter noster Cornutus litteras pertulit beatitudinis tuae, quae me laetificarunt,
quia memoriam nostri bonam habere dignatus es, qui et mihi paucis sermone proprio sanctae mentis tuae de his, quae petieram, in transitu significasti. Aliquanta autem de opusculis sancti conpresbyteri Hieronymi adiunxisti, ut meam quaestionem lectione eius operis de sanctis scripturis explere possem.
(ed. Goldbacher 1911: 231.235)
Letter 197 [by Augustine]
1. Since your son and our fellow presbyter Cornutus, from whom I received the letter of Your Reverence by which you were so kind as to visit my lowly self, is returning to Your Holiness, I am by my reply fulfilling my duty of greeting you in turn, while strongly commending myself to your prayers, which are most acceptable to the Lord, my lord and most blessed brother. [...]
Letter 198 [by Hesychius]
1. Our holy fellow presbyter Cornutus brought me the letter of Your Beatitude that I desired and awaited. It brought me joy because you were so good as to have a favorable memory of us, for you explained to me in a few words of your own in passing the thoughts of your holy mind on the matters that I asked about. But you added some things from the works of our holy fellow presbyter Jerome in order that I might be able to resolve my question by the reading of his work on the holy scriptures.  [...]
(trans. R. Teske, slightly altered)

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Danubian provinces and Illyricum
  • Hippo Regius
  • Salona

About the source:

Author: Augustine
Title: Letters, Epistulae
Origin: Hippo Regius (Latin North Africa), Salona (Danubian provinces and Illyricum)
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 4, Ep. 185-270, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 57, Vienna-Leipzig 1911.
Saint Augustine, Letters 156-210, trans. R. Teske, New York 2004.


Travel and change of residence
Ecclesiastical administration - Ecclesiastical envoy
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Writing activity
Described by a title - Conpresbyter
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