Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 877
Augustine, bishop of Hippo Regius (North Africa) mentions his relationship with the bishop of Constantina (Fortunatus), previously a presbyter at Thagaste. Augustine, Sermon 359B (Dolbeau 2), AD 404.
Sermon 359B (Dolbeau 2)
8. [...] In illa autem ciuitate Constantiniensi nouit, quantum arbitror, caritas uestra episcopum esse de latere nostro. Namque nutritus est in
sermone dei et presbyterium gessit in Thagastensi municipio, inde illuc ad Constantinam episcopus datus est. [...]
(ed. Dolbeau 1996: 328)
Sermon 359B
2. [...] In that city of Constantine, what's more, as I rather think your graces know, the bishop is one who is very close to me. That is to say, he was brought up in the word of God and held the office of presbyter in the town of Thagaste; from there he was given to Constantine as its bishop. […]
(trans. E. Hill)


Fortunatus is not mentioned by name in this sermon, delivered on 23 January 404 in Carthage, but we know that he was the bishop of Constantina (Cirta) at least between 401 and 411. See also [478].

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Thagaste
  • Constantina

About the source:

Author: Augustine of Hippo
Title: Sermons, Sermones, Homilies
Origin: Carthage (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Copies of between 400 and 500 of Augustine`s sermons have survived to our times. Most of these 400-500 sermons were taken down by scribes as he preached without the use of a prepared script. They are a faithful stenographic record of what Augustine actually said, with probably no subsequent editing of them by himself.
They cover a wide range of topics. They are usually based on the Scripture passage read during the liturgy. The homilies on the Psalms and the Gospels have been preserved in separate collections.
F. Dolbeau ed., Augustin d’Hippone. Vingt-six Sermons au Peuple d’Afrique, Paris 1996.
Saint Augustine, Newly Discovered Sermons, trans. E. Hill, New York 1997.


Travel and change of residence
Ecclesiastical transfer
Further ecclesiastical career - Bishop
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
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