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Late Antique Letter CollectionsA Critical Introduction and Reference Guide$
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Cristiana Sogno, Bradley K. Storin, and Edward J. Watts

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281448

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281448.001.0001

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The Letter Collection of Augustine of Hippo

The Letter Collection of Augustine of Hippo

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(p.239) Fifteen The Letter Collection of Augustine of Hippo
Source:
Late Antique Letter Collections
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Jennifer V. Ebbeler

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520281448.003.0017

Augustine may have acted as epistolographer-collector by beginning the process of publishing letters, or there is evidence that he kept his archives under tight control. It is, however, clear that an editor-collector—perhaps Possidius or some other admirer—exerted influence over the shape of the collection by formalizing a relatively small collection of Augustine’s letters that would circulate widely in the sixth-century. Later editors had more to add. Medieval scribes, early modern philologists, and modern scholars all discovered and continue to discover new Augustinian letters that get added to an ever-developing collection. The development of Augustine’s collection was —and continued to be into the twentieth century— a gradual process of accretion.

Keywords:   Jennifer Ebbeler, Augustine, Latin letters, Divjak, Maurist, Migne

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