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Braga

(1,574 words)

Author(s): Ferreiro, Alberto
Founded under Augustus and situated in northwestern Spain, Bracara Augusta (Braga) was the main urban center of Hispania Gallaecia, one of the most westerly Roman provinces on the continent. After the Christianization of the Roman Empire, particularly from the 4th through 6th centuries CE, the archbishops of Braga played a leading role in political and ecclesial matters. The Germanic Sueves, who carved out a kingdom in greater Gallaecia from 409 to 585 CE, also made Braga their sedes regiae (royal throne). During this time, Braga became the major center of Christianity…
Date: 2020-09-21

Pacianus

(1,662 words)

Author(s): Ferreiro, Alberto
Pacian of Barcelona ( Barcino) was born (4th. cent. CE) and lived in a city that positioned him to be knowledgeable of the developments in the church of the greater Mediterranean. His renown was such that even the far removed (relative to Hispania) Jerome dedicated an entry to him in his famous De viris illustribus (ch. 106), and a second reference in chapter 132. This in light of the fact that Jerome had literally dozens of potential candidates to pick from for his work on prominent men. What is significant is that this brief notice is the only su…
Date: 2020-09-21

Fructuosus of Braga

(1,691 words)

Author(s): Ferreiro, Alberto
Even though we possess sources about and from Saint Fructuosus (c. 610/615–c. 665 CE), we have little information about his biography. One of the most interesting works is Vita sancti Fructuosi, an anonymous work, composed close to his time of death. As it is a work of hagiography with the standard embellishments, its focus is primarily on his ascetical qualities showing no interest about other aspects of his life. The date of his birth is placed between 610 and 615 CE, very likely in the Narbonne region, where his family of…
Date: 2020-09-21

Potamius of Lisbon

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Author(s): Ferreiro, Alberto
Potamius (4th cent. CE) is considered the earliest writer from 4th-century CE Hispania and was a contemporary of Osius of Córdoba, the famous bishop who was at the Council of Nicaea. Of Potamius’ personal biography we know absolutely nothing. We do not know when he was born or died, or his birthplace. We are on sure ground that he was indeed bishop of Lisbon (Olissipo) quite literally on the western edge of the Roman Empire. His appointment as bishop is believed to be around 355/356 CE during th…
Date: 2020-09-21