Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 696
Novatians originate from Novatus, presbyter in Rome (according to Isidore; truly he was the presbyter from Carthage), ca AD 251. Isidore of Seville (Iberian Peninsula), Etymologies, AD 621-636.
34. Nouatiani a Nouato Romae urbis presbytero exorti, qui aduersus Cornelium cathedram sacerdotalem conatus inuadere, haeresim instituit, nolens apostatas suscipere, et rebaptizans baptizatos.
(ed. Lindsey 1911, pages unnumbered)
34. The Novatians originated from Novatus, presbyter of the city of Rome, who, in opposition to Cornelius, dared to usurp the priestly chair. He established his heresy, being unwilling to receive apostates and rebaptizing the baptized.
(trans. by S.A. Barney 2006: 176)

Place of event:

  • Rome

About the source:

Author: Isidore of Seville
Title: Etymologies, Etymologiae, Etymologiarum sive Orginum libri XX, Etymologiae sive Origines
Origin: Seville (Iberian Peninsula)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Isidore was born ca 560 probably in Cartagena, but later he moved with his family to Seville where he was educated under the supervision of his brother Leander, bishop of Seville in the years 579-600/601. After Leander`s death, Isidore became the bishop of Seville, and he held this office until his death in 636. Isidore was a scholar and prolific writer. Braulio, bishop of Saragossa (631-651 AD) compiled a list of all Isidore`s writings - Renotatio librorum domini Isidori (ed. Martin 2006). One of Isidore`s most famous works was the Etymologies. Isidore was writing them probably from 621 up to his death in 636. In approximately 620 (thus long before completion of his work) he wrote a dedicatory letter to King Sisebut (612-621), edited as Letter VI by Lindsey 1911 (unnumbered page in section "Praemissa"). For a more detailed introduction to the character of this work and historical background see Introduction with bibliography in Barney et al. 2006.
W.M. Lindsay ed., Etymologiarum siver Originum libri XX, Oxford 1911, vols. 2
S.A. Barney et al. trans., The etymologies of Isidore of Seville, Cambridge ; New York 2006.
J.C. Martin ed., Braulio Caesaraugustanus, Redemptus Hispalensis, Anonymus, Scripta de vita Isidori episcopi Hispalensis
Renotatio librorum Isidori; Obitus Isidori; Vita Isidori, Turnhout 2006


Religious grouping (other than Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian) - Novatianist
Change of denomination
Further ecclesiastical career - Bishop
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Usurping episcopal power
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
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