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.