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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 87: Maximinus and Sigisvultus


NOTE 871

Maximinus and Sigisvultus

The Arian bishop Maximinus says in the conference with Augustine, missus a Comite Regis multa contemplatione pesis adveni.2 It is not to be doubted that in place of a Comite Regis multa, a Comite Sigivulto should be read.3 The Benedictines have placed it in their text on the authority of various manuscripts. Others have Fegisvulto which is not so different. The title of Augustine‘s Sermo 140 reports Maximus an Arian bishop is in Africa with Count Sigisvultus where he spreads blasphemy. ← 494 | 495 →

1     See Art. 334.

2     Contra Maximinum.

3     Rivius 583.

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