Saint NameFelix, priest and confessor of Nola (southern Italy) : S00000
Saint Name in SourceFelix
Type of EvidenceLiterary - Letters
Evidence not before395
Evidence not after397
Activity not before395
Activity not after397
Place of Evidence - RegionItaly south of Rome and Sicily
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcNola
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Nola
Major author/Major anonymous workPaulinus of Nola
Cult activities - PlacesBurial site of a saint - tomb/grave
Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and CustomsVisiting graves and shrines
Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and NarrativesEcclesiastics - lesser clergy
SourceLetter 5 in the letter collection of Paulinus of Nola (ob. 431). It is one of many letters which Paulinus addressed to aristocratic and ascetic Roman circles in the later fourth and early fifth centuries. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Paulinus did not curate a collection of his letters: instead collections were compiled by friends and admirers.
This letter dates from roughly 396 and in it Paulinus invites his friend Sulpicius Severus, who was based in Primuliacum (modern Prémillac) in southern Gaul, to join him in Nola. This was not the only time Paulinus would make such a request; yet Severus did not join him. In later letters Paulinus expresses impatience over this, and even suggests that Severus’ unwillingness to even visit Nola is disrespectful to Felix (see E02874).
DiscussionFor a fuller discussion of Paulinus’ desire to characterise Felix as a special protector of Nola and its surrounding area, see E04767.
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