Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 709
Count Darius says in his letter to Augustine, bishop of Hippo, that he is sending him some medicine via presbyter Lazarus. (Letter 230 in Augustine`s correspondence, AD 429).
Letter 230
6. [...] nescio qua medicamenta ab archiatro, qui nobiscum est, accepta dedimus Lazaro sancto presbytero ad tuam beatitudinem deferenda; quae, ut uir memoratus adfirmat, ad leuationem doloris et morbi curationem non parum proficient.
(ed. Goldbacher 1911: 503)
Letter 230
6. [...] We gave some medicines or other that we obtained from the chief physician, who is present here, to the holy presbyter Lazarus to be brought to Your Beatitude. As the man we mentioned claims, they will help no small amount for the alleviation of your pain and the curing of your disease.
(trans. R. Teske 2005: 118, slightly altered)


Count Darius was sent from Ravenna to negotiate with Bonifatius, so we assume that he was based in Carthage, although the letter may have been sent from any other place in Africa.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Rome
  • Hippo Regius
  • Carthage
  • Rome

About the source:

Author: Augustine of Hippo
Title: Letters, Epistulae
Origin: Carthage (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 4, Ep. 185-270, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 57, Vienna-Leipzig 1911.
Saint Augustine, Letters 211–270, 1*–29*, trans. R. Teske, New York 2005.


Travel and change of residence
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Described by a title - Titles of respect
Ecclesiastical administration - Ecclesiastical envoy
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