Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 999
Postumianus, probably a presbyter, inquires after the priests he knew before his departure to the East. Account in the "Dialogues" by Sulpicius Severus, writing in Primuliacum (Gaul), ca AD 406.
Dialogue 1.2.3
Ad haec Postumianus: "Faciam, inquit, ut desiderare te uideo. Sed quaeso prius ex te audiam, an isti omnes, quos hic reliqueram sacerdotes, tales sint, quales eos antequam proficiscerer noueramus."
(ed. Fontaine 2006: 108)
Dialogue 1.2.3
Then Postumianus replied to my words, "I will do what I see that you wish me to do. But first I would like to learn from you wheter all of those priests whom I left behind are still of the same character as they were before I departed."
(trans. Goodrich 2015: 184-185)


Postumianus inquires probably after the same presbyters who are mentioned in Dial. 3.1.4 [1025].

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • East
  • Primuliacum

About the source:

Author: Sulpicius Severus
Title: Dialogues, Dialogi, Gallus sive dialogi de virtutibus sancti Martini, Dialogorum libri II
Origin: Primuliacum (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Sulpicius Severus` hagiographical corpus concerning Martin of Tours consists of the Life itself, three letters, and three Dialogues. The Dialogues were composed between the year 400 (the year of the Origenist controversy, to which Sulpicius makes a reference), and the year 410-412 when Jerome`s Commentary on Ezekiel was published, in which Jerome mentions the Dialogues. Stancliffe (Stancliffe 1983: 81) suggests that the Dialogues were composed between 404 and 406, judging by the comment of one of the interlocutors that eight years have passed since Martin`s death (in 397) and no allusion to the barbarian invasions of Gaul in 406-407. The work was likely published in two separate volumes, with volume 1 containing the first and second Dialogues and volume 2 the third and last. It can be proved by both early manuscript tradition and the account of Gennadius (see [670]).
Sulpicius Severus, Gallus: dialogues sur les “vertus” de Saint Martin, ed. and transl. J. Fontaine, Sources Chrétiennes 510, Paris 2006.
Sulpicius Severus, The Complete Works, transl. R.J. Goodrich, Ancient Christian Writers 70, New York 2015.
C. Stancliffe, St. Martin and his hagiographer: history and miracle in Sulpicius Severus, Oxford 1983.


Travel and change of residence
Described by a title - Sacerdos/ἱερεύς
    Relation with - Another presbyter
    Devotion - Pilgrimage
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