Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Article 354: Post Mortem Miscellanea
Post Mortem Miscellanea
Possidius, bishop of Calama, who lived with Augustine for nearly forty years wrote his biography from what he had personally experienced.1 He believed he should use his God-given talents to edify the Catholic Church. To satisfy those desirous of truth, he accompanied Augustine’s life story with a list of his works. Those preferring divine truth to this world’s wealth could choose from among the multitude of his writings those most suitable for them and communicate them without envy to those in need. When he wrote this work, apparently after the death of Boniface in 432 or later, Hippo had already been burned. Indiculum was written prior to 439 when Vandals seized Carthage. Carthage and Cirta still existed then, were not destroyed, and were preserved by divine providence and human power.
Isidore of Seville mentions Possidius’ Vita Augustini and the table of his works adjoining it.2 Cassiodorus mentions this table and admires how many works Augustine had written.3 Isidore remarks we find more than four hundred writings, in addition to an infinite number of letters, homilies, and questions.4 After indicating more than a thousand writings, Possidius confessed countless others which Augustine had not numbered.5 As a result, according to Isidore transcribing Augustine’s many works would be difficult.6 Possidius said a scholar would have difficulty reading everything he wrote.7
Our memoire contains notes on his books and letters following as much as possible the dates when he wrote them....