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8 A Living Relic for the Vicar of Rome: Strategies of Visualization in a Civil Case

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Epistula 49, Paulinus' most interesting petition from both a juridical and historical point of view, concerns the theft of a stranded ship and of its cargo destined for the imperial granaries. Paulinus' letter had been designed specifically with its addressee in mind. It was for Macarius, a 'like-minded Christian' and an educated vir spectabilis, that Paulinus wrapped his petition in a miracle-tale, with the aim of persuading the vicar to intervene in the law case. The tale's central theme was therefore not the theft of the ship and its cargo, but the opera Dei. The action brought by the ship-owner, the causa Secundiniani, took on the character of a revelation granted by the deus salvator, a spectacle of divine action that Paulinus invited the vicar of Rome to behold. The ship-owner, a Christian himself and a friend of bishop Paulinus, completed the triangular relationship.

Keywords: causa Secundiniani; deus salvator; Epistula; law case; Macarius; Paulinus' letter; Rome



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