Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 694
In his "Lives of Illustrious Men", written ca AD 490, presbyter Gennadius of Marseille (Gaul) names his own treatises and books, and a letter "On my creed", sent to Bishop Gelasius of Rome.
Ego GENNADIUS, Massiliae presbyter, scripsi Adversum omnes haereses libros octo, et Adversum Nestorium libros quinque, et Adversus Eutychen libros decem, et Adversus Pelagium libros tres, et tractatus De mille annis, De Apocalypsi beati Iohannis et hoc opus, et epistulam De fide mea missam ad beatum Gelasium, episcopum urbis Romae.
(ed. E. Cushing Richardson 1896)
I, Gennadius, the presbyter of Marseille, have written eight books Against all heresies, five books Against Nestorius, ten books Against Eutyches, three books Against Pelagius, also treatises On the Millennium and On the Apocalypse of Saint John, and this work [i.e. Lives of Illustrious Men], and a letter On my creed sent to the blessed Gelasius, bishop of the city of Rome.
(trans. by E. Cushing Richardson, changed by J. Szafranowski)


The entry on Gennadius himself is widely considered a later interpolation to Gennadius' original work.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Marseille

About the source:

Author: Gennadius of Marseille
Title: De viris illustribus, Lives of Illustrious Men, De viris inlustribus, On the lives of famous men On the Lives of Famous Men
Origin: Marseille (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The "Lives of Illustrious Men" by Gennadius of Marseille is the continuation of Jerome`s work bearing the same title. It contains 99 additional additional entries on different famous ecclesiestatics. It was written in the end of 5th century. At one point Gennadius writes that the death of presbyter and monk Theodore (Theodulus) of Coelesyria  occured `three years ago, in the reign of Zeno` (died AD 491). Gennadius also knows that pope Gelasius died (AD 496) and Julianus Pomerius is considered alive (d. AD 498). Therefore, Gennadius composed majority of his work most probably in the first half of the 490s.
E. Cushing Richardson ed., Hieronymus liber De viris inlustribus; Gennadius liber De viris inlustribus, Leipzig 1896, 57-97.


Writing activity - Correspondence
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Writing activity
Education - Theological interest
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