Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Note 95: Transfer of Augustine’s Body
Transfer of Augustine’s Body
In his letter to Charlemagne on the transfer of Augustine’s body to Pavia, Oldrad says Augustine’s body was brought to Sardinia circa fifty-six years after his death, that is to say 486, when Thrasamund had banished Fulgentius and many other African bishops.2 This history has internal problems. Fulgentius was consecrated bishop and banished in 508. Baronius changes fifty-six to seventy-four but seventy-eight would be necessary. This correction is his own and not authorized by any manuscript. Moreover, the persecution of 508 may concern only Byzacena. If this were true, this persecution could not have caused the transfer of Augustine’s body from Numidia. It would be better to abandon what Oldrad says of Thrasamund and Fulgentius as a conjecture which Oldrad himself advanced because it was what he knew best concerning the African persecution. Undoubtedly he found LVI somewhere and changed it to LIV. This would return us to 484 when Huneric began a general persecution against the entire African church. He banished a great number of bishops from all the African provinces in his possession. That he banished them to Sardinia is not mentioned. Forty-six bishops were relegated to Corfu.3 Others may have remained in Africa. In this movement of population, an accident unknown to us may have caused Augustine’s body to be brought to Sardinia.
If it was in 484, there remained not 223 (CCXXIII) years which we read in Oldrad but 228 years (CCXXVIII) years, if...