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A Dictionary of Early Christian Biography

Severus, Bishop of Mileum

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Severus (19) bp. of Mileum or Mileus a native of the same place as Augustine and a fellow-student lifelong friend and member of the same monastic community. Early in his episcopate probably in 401 Augustine Alypius and Samsucius had to explain their conduct in the matter of Timotheus and to call on Severus to accept their explanation (Aug. Epp. 62 63) but this temporary misunderstanding did not interrupt his friendship with Augustine nor cause any ill-will on his part towards Timotheus (Aug. En. Psa_95:1; de Civitate Dei xxi. 4). In a letter somewhat later perhaps a.d. 406 addressed to Novatus Augustine regrets being not often able to see his old friend who wrote seldom and then chiefly on business not from want of goodwill but from necessity (Aug. Ep. 84). Severus exchanged letters and friendly messages with Paulinus of Nola (ib. 31. 9 and 32. 1) and c. 409 wrote to Augustine expressing his great delight in his writings as leading him to greater love of God and begging him to write in return (Epp. 109). Augustine replied insisting that he himself was the debtor. Severus appears to have joined in the address to Innocentius concerning Pelagianism a.d. 416 (Aug. Epp. 175 176). He probably died c. 426.

[H.W.P.]


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Wace, Henry. Entry for 'Severus, Bishop of Mileum'. A Dictionary of Early Christian Biography. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hwd/s/severus-bishop-of-mileum.html. 1911.

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