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E02630: Victor of Tunnuna tells that the body of *Barnabas, apostle and companion of Paul (S00786) was discovered in Cyprus thanks to a revelation, in 488. Entry in Victor of Tunnuna's Chronicle, written in Constantinople in 564-566.

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Victor of Tunnuna, Chronica

Post consulatum II Longini v.c. consulis (= AD 488)
Corpus sancti Barnabe apostoli in Cipro et euangelium secundum Matheum eius manu scriptum ipso eodem reuelante inuentum est.

'The second year after the consulate of Longinus, vir clarissimus (senator) (= AD 488)
The body of St Barnabas, the apostle, holding the Gospel according to Matthew, written with his own hand, was found in Cyprus, having been revealed by himself.'

Text: Mommsen 1894, 190. Translation: Robert Wiśniewski.

History

Evidence ID

E02630

Saint Name

Barnabas, apostle and companion of *Paul the Apostle, ob. c. 61 : S00786

Saint Name in Source

Barnabas

Type of Evidence

Literary - Other narrative texts (including Histories)

Language

Latin

Evidence not before

564

Evidence not after

566

Activity not before

487

Activity not after

489

Place of Evidence - Region

Constantinople and region

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Constantinople

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Constantinople Constantinople Κωνσταντινούπολις Konstantinoupolis Constantinopolis Constantinople Istanbul

Cult Activities - Miracles

Miracle after death Apparition, vision, dream, revelation Revelation of hidden knowledge (past, present and future)

Cult Activities - Relics

Bodily relic - entire body Handwriting of a saint Discovering, finding, invention and gathering of relics

Source

Victor was a bishop of the city of Tunnuna (or Tonnona) in Latin North Africa, the exact location of which is unknown. He was expelled from his see during the Three Chapters controversy. During his exile he stayed for several years in Egypt, but in 564 was transferred to Constantinople. There he wrote his Latin Chronicle. Only the part covering years 444-566 is extant. Up to AD 518 it is based mostly on the Church History of Theodore Anagnostes. The written sources of the following part are not easy to identify, but Victor was deeply involved in ecclesiastical politics and had a firsthand knowledge of many events that he mentioned in the Chronicle.

Discussion

The same event in the Chronicle of Isidore of Seville: E02623.

Bibliography

Edition: Mommsen, Th., Victori Tonnonennsis episcopi chronica, in: Chronica minora saec. IV. V. VI. VII. (II) (Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Auctores Antiquissimi 11; Berlin, 1894), 184-206.

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