Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 707
Argentius is a presbyter at Hasna (North Africa), where the Circumcellions invaded the Catholic basilica. Augustine, then presbyter at Hippo, Letter 29, AD 395.
Letter 29
 12. Apud Asnam, ubi est presbyter frater Argentius, circumcelliones inuadentes basilicam nostram altare comminuerunt. Causa nunc agitur, quae ut pacate agatur et ut ecclesiam catholicam decet ad opprimendas linguas haereseos inpacatae, multum uos petimus, ut oretis.
(ed. Goldbacher 1895: 122)
Letter 29
12. [...] At Hasna where our brother, Argentius, is a presbyter, the Circumcellions invaded the basilica and smashed our altar. The case is now being heard; we ask you to pray much that it may be settled peacefully and as is proper for the Catholic Church in order to subdue the tongues of the restless heretics.
(trans. R. Teske, slightly altered)

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Hippo Regius

About the source:

Author: Augustine of Hippo
Title: Letters, Epistulae
Origin: Hasna (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 1, Ep. 1-30, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 34/1,  Prague-Vienna-Leipzig 1895.
Saint Augustine, Letters 1-99, trans. R. Teske, New York, 2001.


Functions within the Church - Rural presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Relation with - Another presbyter
Relation with - Heretic/Schismatic
Conflict - Violence
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