Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Note 55: Letter 151 (2)
Letter 151 (2)
Caecilianus was at Carthage when Marcellinus was executed September 13, 413.2 He was about to depart for a long trip and had hoped in consideration of his trip Count Marinus would spare Marcellinus‘ life and that of his brother. Sometime later, Augustine received a letter from Pope Innocent, quam per tuam praestantiam, he says to Caecilianus, ad me datam certis declaratur indiciis. This phrase gives us reason to believe Caecilianus had gone to Rome from Carthage. In effect Augustine says Caecilianus had not written him. He uses his terms proper for letters coming from overseas, nullam tuam paginam simul advectam esse. Some time later, Augustine wrote Caecilianus as a friend from whom he had received a response. Augustine had received a letter from Caecilianus himself, regretting not having written Augustine earlier. Augustine responds with Letter 151 where he does not remark that Caecilianus had returned to Africa nor that he hoped to meet him. Thus Cecilianus was still in Rome apparently early in 414.
However, we have a law from March 3, Constantio et Constante Consularibus, in 414 which commits Caecilianus to take care of various matters in Africa.3 Therefore Caecilianus was certainly in Africa after March 3, 414 or may have come more recently to execute this law. As a result Letter 151 was written later than March, 414, when Caecilianus had been obliged to return to Africa. What had occurred after September 13 could have taken place...