« Paulinus, bp. Eustathian party at Antioch Paulinus, biographer of Ambrose Paulinus, bishop of Nola »

Paulinus, biographer of Ambrose

Paulinus (7), writer of the Life of St. Ambrose, a work which he says he undertook at the request of St. Augustine. He was well qualified for his task by his intimate acquaintance with St. Ambrose and attendance upon him in his last illness, and by information gathered from well-informed persons, especially his sister Marcellina. He seems to call himself the bishop's secretary (notarius) and he was certainly with him at his death (cc. 33, 35, 38, 42, 47). In his introduction he expresses his great anxiety to adhere strictly to the truth and to deliver what he has to say impartially, and this he appears to have done. After the death of St. Ambrose he went to Africa, where he was well received by the church, and distinguished himself by defending the memory of his friend and patron against an attack upon him by Muranus, bp. of Bollita. It was perhaps this which led to his acquaintance with St. Augustine, and his becoming the biographer of St. Ambrose. He took a prominent part in the proceedings of the council of Carthage, a.d. 412, against Celestius. Morcelli, Afr. Chr. iii. pp. 57, 80; Cave; Hist. Lit. i. p. 402; Ceillier, vol. vii. p. 533, viii. 549, ix. 453.

[H.W.P.]

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