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Ruricius of Limoges
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Born circa 440 CE and related to the aristocratic Anician family of Rome, the Gallo-Roman Ruricius (d. 510 CE) became bishop of Limoges circa 485 CE. He is known primarily for his unpretentious collection of 83 letters, which survives in a single manuscript and portrays everyday life in Visigothic Aquitania in the decades after the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

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Even though some 83 of Ruricius’ personal letters su…

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Mathisen, Ralph W., “Ruricius of Limoges”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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