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

Erika Hermanowicz

Abstract

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. This book analyzes both the biography and the legally-oriented career of Possidius to illustrate how active Augustine's colleagues were 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 North Africa, b ... More

Keywords: St. Augustine, Hippo, law, coercion, diplomacy, North Africa, Calama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199236350
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236350.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erika Hermanowicz, author
Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Georgia
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