Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 798
Augustine, the bishop of Hippo Regius (North Africa) recounts his dispute (as a presbyter) with Fortunatus, a Manichaean presbyter (AD 392). Augustine, "Retractions", AD 426/427.
Book 1, Chapter 16
1. Eodem tempore presbyterii mei contra Fortunatum quendam Manicheorum presbyterum disputaui, qui plurimum temporis apud Hipponem uixerat seduxeratque tam multos, ut propter illos ibi eum delectaret habitare. [...] Sed consequenti die tandem confessus est, nihil se aduersus nos inuenire quod diceret, nec sane catholicus factus est, sed tamen ab Hippone discessit.
(ed. Mutzenbacher 1984: 51)
Book 1, Chapter 16
1. At the same time during my presbyterate I had a debate with a certain Fortunatus, a presbyter of the Manicheans, who had lived a long time at Hippo and had led so many astray that, because of them, he enjoyed living there. […] But on the next day he finally admitted that  he could find nothing to say against us. He did not become Catholic, to be sure, but he did leave Hippo.
(trans. B. Ramsey)


For the same event see also [705] and [896].

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Hippo Regius

About the source:

Author: Augustine of Hippo
Title: Retractions, Retractationes, Revisions Revisions
Origin: Hippo Regius (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
In about AD 426/427 Augustine, 72 years old at the time, wrote “Retractions”: a kind of an annotated bibliography of his own works.
A. Mutzenbacher ed., Sancti Aurelii Augustini Retractationum libri II, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 57, Turnhout 1984.
Saint Augustine, Revisions, trans. B. Ramsey, New York 2000.


Travel and change of residence
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Relation with - Another presbyter
Relation with - Heretic/Schismatic
Religious grouping (other than Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian) - Manichaean
Pastoral activity
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