Sulpicius Severus

(c. 360—430)

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historian and hagiographer. He was an advocate in Aquitaine before his conversion to asceticism (c.394). He then established a community on an estate in SW Gaul, where he lived a gentlemanly version of the religious life. His Life of St Martin of Tours portrays him as a man of God, attested by miracles. Later Sulpicius added three letters and the Dialogues, in which Martin's thaumaturgical powers are compared with those of the Egyptian ascetics. He also wrote a Chronicle, which summarizes OT and Christian history to ad 400; it is an important source for the Priscillianist movement.

Subjects: Christianity.

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