FASTIDIUS: One of the few literary representatives of the old British Church. Gennadius (De vir. ill., Ivi.) says that " Fastidius, a bishop of the Britons, wrote a book on the Christian life to a certain Fatalie, and another on keeping widowhood sound in doctrine and worthy of God"; he places Fastidius between Pope Celeatine I. (d. 432) and
Cyril (d. 444). An extant writing De vita Christians is ascribed in one manuscript to Fastidius, in another to Pelagius, in others to Augustine (printed in MPL, xl. 1031-46, as pseudo-Augustinisn; in 1. 383-402, as by Fastidius). The question of its authorship was first thoroughly investigated by C. P. Casgari (Briefs,, Ablaandlungen, and Predigten aus den zwei letzten Jahrhu>iderten des lcirchlichen
Altertums and dens Anfang den Mittelalters, Christiania, 1890, 352 sqq.), who decides, because it is addressed to a woman and in other respects dote not follow the notice in Gennadius, that the ascription to Fastidius can hardly be based upon this
notice. The ascription to Pelagius has difficulties (Caspari, 371), and that to Augustine is out of the question. Morin (Revue bdrtEdidine, xv. 481-490, 1898) has shown that the Vita was probably a work of Pelagius, that therefore Fastidius is the probable author of the five treatises attributed by Caspari to Agricola. The first of these is the Vita
Bibliography: H. Wharton, Hitt. de epiacopis et decanie Londinenaibua, p. 6, London, 1895; 11llemont, Mémoires, article "S. Germain "; Kaastle, in TQ$, laaii (1900),193204.
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