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Clerical Exile in Late Antiquity


Edited By Julia Hillner, Jörg Ulrich and Jakob Engberg

This volume results from the international research project ‘The Migration of Faith: Clerical Exile in Late Antiquity (325‒c.600)’. The project is a collaboration between the Department of History at the University of Sheffield, the Seminar für Kirchengeschichte at the University of Halle, and the Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University. Ten chapters of the volume are revised versions of papers delivered at the XVII International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford in 2015. The three chapters of the first part of the volume discuss the question of "Clerical Exile and Social Control". The second part offers five selected case studies from the 3rd to the 6th centuries. The final part deals with discourses, memories, and legacies of clerical exile in late antiquity.

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From Hippolytus to Fulgentius: Sardinia as a Place of Exile in the First Six Centuries


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From Hippolytus to Fulgentius:Sardinia as a Place of Exile in the First Six Centuries

Abstract: Prior to the “Toleranzedikt” of Galerius (311), Sardinia, with its mines, had acted as a terrible “penal colony” for Christians. The island would again serve as a destination for undesirable Christians, as shown by the experiences of Fulgentius of Ruspe, who resided in Sardinia for many years following his banishment from Vandal North Africa. This paper sheds new light on the limitations and possibilities afforded by the island as a place of exile.

Sardinia1 had been a place of exile since the beginning of Christianity in the Roman Empire. Therefore, it was not a Vandal innovation to use the island for that purpose. However, times had changed since the second century. The Christians from Northern Africa, who were exiled during the Vandal reign, were not forced to work in the mines on Sardinia as some earlier exiles had been, but they seem to have had quite a comfortable life there. This is visible in the Vita of Fulgentius, the most famous bishop among them.

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