Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Note 86: Leporius (2)
When speaking of the error attributed to Leporius and others by him, Cassian says Leporius was born a short time previously et maxime Belgiarum urbe or as others read ex maxima Veligarum.2 The first could indicate Bellay on the Rhone in Bresse in Latin Belica. That harmonizes well with where Cassian says he had saved Leporius from his errors. Bellay is not far from Provence where Cassian lived. Nevertheless ex maxima apparently fits the text better. If it is the true reading, surely also Belgiarum urbe should be read and should be understood as designating Treve where Leporius could first have learned his errors before he came to Provence. Leporius spread his teachings among the Gauls and so it is not necessary to search for a Velia in Italy or to think of Treve as an ancient name for Rome. Cassian is not an antiquarian and could have dreamed of an unknown city in England. Garnier supposes his birthplace is Treve.3 ← 493 | 494 →
1 See Art. 329.