Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Note 56: Demetriada
Baronius evidently places Demetriada’s consecration to virginity in 411.2 His reason for doing so is his apparent belief God inspired this resolution in Demetriada the first time Augustine wrote of it. However Augustine does not use strong words.3 If Jerome wrote to Demetriada in 413 according to Baronius himself4 or in 414,5 it is not necessary or even likely he had waited two or three years to write about this matter immediately celebrated in the entire world. A date in September or October, 413 is preferable a little after Augustine departed from Carthage, post paululum. He departed on September 14, 413, the day after Marcellinus’ death. ← 434 | 435 →
1 See Art. 245.
2 Baronius 413, §131.
3 Letter 187.
4 Baronius 413, §56.
5 Vita Hieronymi 5, §133.
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