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The Life of Augustine of Hippo

Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)

Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren

The seventeenth century was the century of Saint Augustine. In 1695, Louis Sébastien, Le Nain de Tillemont, finished volume 13 of his Mémoires ecclésiastique, entitled La vie de saint Augustin. The volume consisted of approximately 1200 pages wherein Louis Sébastien gathered from the works of Augustine and elsewhere all extant passages relevant to the biography of Augustine of Hippo. Completed in 1695, the biography was published posthumously in 1700. The work lies in the tradition of Jansenism from Port-Royal and the Leuven. Though an ascetic recluse on the family estate for the last twenty years of his life, he was in touch with important French scholars and the ecclesiastical movements of his time. Louis’ work is the first modern biography of Augustine and the most comprehensive of all Augustinian biographies, even today. Modern authors consult him and frequently adopt his theories without citation. His method exercises influence on contemporary Parisian scholarship on Augustine. This English translation has been divided into three volumes covering three time periods: part 1: birth to episcopal consecration (354–396); part 2: the Donatist controversy (396–411); part 3: the Pelagian controversy (411–430).
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Note 63: Letters of Pope Innocent


NOTE 631

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 →

1     See Art. 267.

2     Letter 91 (in the Leuven edition).

3     Letter 186.

4     Concilium II,1267.

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