Possidius of Calama: A Study of the North African Episcopate in the Age of Augustine

Hardcover | June 3, 2008

byErika Hermanowicz

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Possidius, the bishop of Calama, was a life-long friend of St. Augustine's and best known for writing a biography of the bishop of Hippo, the Vita Augustini. Hermanowicz analyzes both the biography and the legally-oriented career of Possidius to illustrate how active Augustine's colleagueswere in soliciting imperial support against their religious competitors and to show just how often Augustine's close friends disagreed with him on important matters of law, coercion and diplomacy. It is still widely asserted by scholars that St. Augustine dominated the theological landscape of NorthAfrica, but this engaging study demonstrates how often he was, in fact, singular and isolated in his beliefs.

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Possidius, the bishop of Calama, was a life-long friend of St. Augustine's and best known for writing a biography of the bishop of Hippo, the Vita Augustini. Hermanowicz analyzes both the biography and the legally-oriented career of Possidius to illustrate how active Augustine's colleagueswere in soliciting imperial support against the...

Erika Hermanowicz is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Georgia.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:June 3, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199236356

ISBN - 13:9780199236350

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Vita Augustini: Augustine's Life and Text According to Possidius1. The Vita Augustini2. The Literary PossidiusPossidius and the Legal Activities of the North African Episcopate3. Donatists, Catholics and Appeals to the Law: 392-4044. Donatist Strategy and Catholic Response: 403-4055. Possidius Goes to Court: 408-4096. The Conference of 411ConclusionBibliography