Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Note 79: Emilius, Bishop of Beneventus
Emilius, Bishop of Beneventus
Vignier cites from Paulinus that Julian’s wife was the daughter of bishop Emilius.2 However Paulinus does not say this. If he does not say so, it is strong proof that she is not Emilius’ daughter. Paulinus calls her Juliana several times. He calls her the child of Memorius and of the house of Memorius.3 Memorius was the father of Juliana. This indicates that if Emilius were related to one or the other he would necessarily have been a distant relative.
Nevertheless Emilius held a marriage ceremony. Paulinus gives the reason, but in an obscure manner: Junior et senior Memorius est, he says, . … qui minor hic puer est. Posterius natus senior, quia sede sacerdos gestat apostolicam pectore canitiem, filius est fraterque Memor and so forth. The sense of these words is unclear if Memorius was not the elder of the two, but was ordained bishop after Emilius and by Emilius, or Emilius, although younger, was his metropolitan which sede sacerdos and so forth obliges us to say.4 But was there a metropolitan then in Campania or nearby?5 Apparently Memorius and Julian lived there. Is it possible all these countries were then under the metropolitan of Rome and there were no other metropolitans except for him? Emilius was in the East in 406 because of Chrysostom and was bishop of Beneventus.6 It is easy to believe with Rofweide, Vignier, and others he is the one of whom Paulinus speaks....