Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Note 63: Letters of Pope Innocent
Letters of Pope Innocent
In the Leuven edition, Pope Innocent’s response to the Council of Carthage is dated simply quinto kalendas.2 On the authority of several manuscripts the Benedictines have dated it, VI kal. febr. post Consulatum Theodosii Augusti VII et Junii Quarti V.C., that is to say January 27, 417.3 Junius Quartus is Junius Quartus Palladius consul in 416 under Theodosius the Younger. The last name has been forgotten by error. Labbeus has found the same date in another manuscript.4 The second consulate of Theodosius could be read in place of the seventh, but this reading is an obvious error.
Innocent’s letter to the Council of Mileve has been dated VI kal. febr. Honorio et Constantio viris clarissimis Consulibus, that is January 27, 417. Honorio Aug. XI et Constantio II viro clar. Consulibus would only render this date more exactly.
The letter to the five bishops reads quinto kal. Februarias.5 Only Labbeus has read VI instead of V.6 The Benedictines have dated this letter on the authority of manuscripts as VI kal. febr. post Consulatum gloriosissimi Theodosi Augusti II et Junii Quarti Palladii V.C.7 Some manuscripts have V. kal.or pridie kal., but the difference of a few days is nothing. ← 443 | 444 →