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Mutina and as much from Forum Cornelii in Flaminia, twentyeight from Ferraria, which was in the next diocese northward; and on the south it had no nearer neighbour than Fæsulæ, beyond the Appennine, within three miles of Florence. Mutina was fifteen miles from Regium Lepidi, and Regium as much from Parma, and Parma thirty-five from Placentia, according to Ferrarius's computation. Brixellum, on the Po, was but eight miles from Parma, but on other sides it might have a larger diocese; for Ferrarius says, it was twenty-four miles from Regium Lepidi, and thirty from Cremona. So that these six dioceses were larger than twenty of those about Rome.
13. Out of Æmilia we pass over the river Trebia into one of of Alpes the Alpine provinces, called Alpes Cottiæ, which was divided Cottiæ. also from Liguria by the Po, from which it extended to the Tuscan Sea, including part of Piedmont and Montserrat, and the whole republic of Genoa, and part of the duchy of Milan, on this side the Po. In this province Carolus à Sancto Paulo finds ten dioceses. 1. Augusta Taurinorum, Turin. 2. Asta, Asti. 3. Dertona, Tortona. 4. Alba Pompeia, Alba. 5. Aquæ Statiellæ, Acqui. 6. Albingaunum, Albenga. 7. Vigintimilium, Vintimiglia. 8. Bobium, Bobio. 9. Genua. 10. Savona. To which Holstenius 7 adds Nicæa, Nizza. These were large dioceses; for Bobium had no nearer neighbour than Placentia, which Ferrarius & reckons twenty-five miles from it, and Genua and Dertona thirty-five.
Savona was twenty-six miles from Genua, according to the most accurate computation of Holstenius 9; Ferrarius 10 says, it lay in the middle
way between Genua and Albingaunum at thirty miles
7 In Cluver. (p. 4.) Nicia. In 8 Voce, Bobium. (t. 1. p. 121.) Bosubscriptionibus Concilii I. Arela- bium .... urbs episc. Liguriæ sub tensis sub Constantino imperatore: archiep. Genuensi ad Trebiam fluInnocentius diaconus ex portu Ni- vium, intra montes ... inter Placäensi. Et in epistola Hilarii Papæ, centiam 25. et Dertonam totidem t. 1. Conciliorum Galliæ, p. 136. mill. pass. a Genua supra 35. quot Nicäense castellum, quod Cemele- a Ticino. nensi episcopo subjicitur. Habuit 9 Ubi supra, (p. 9.) Nam optima enim ante proprium episcopum. Itineraria et Tabulæ exactiores tanUnde Amantius, episcopus Nicensis, tum 26. m. p. ponunt inter Genuam in eodem, t. 1. p. 21, legitur; et et Savonam. Concilio Aureliensi V. subscripsit 10 Voce, Savona. (t. 2. p. 165.)... Aëtius presbyter directus a Magno Inter Genuam et Albingaunum 30. episcopo ecclesiæ Cemelensis et Ni- mill. pass. &c. cäensis.
distance. Aquæ Statiellæ was also twenty-two miles from Savona, as Baudrand computes, but not so far from Asta and Alba Pompeia; for Alba was but cight miles to the north of Aquæ, and Asta twelve more beyond that: but east and west these dioceses might extend very wide; for Turin the nearest neighbour westward was twenty miles from Asta and twenty-eight from Alba, and Dertona as much to the east, according to Ferrarius's computation. Vigintimilium was more than twenty miles from Nicæa, and Albingaunum forty from Vigintimilium, and Savona between twenty and thirty from Albingaunum. The whole province was one hundred and fifty miles in length, and half as much in breadth, which made those
eleven dioceses equal to fifty of those about Rome and Naples. Of Liguria. 14. Out of this province, passing over the Po, we come into
Liguria, the province whereof Milan was the metropolis ; though the reader must note, that the last mentioned province in the Roman historians is more commonly called Liguria, and this Insubria; but we now speak of them as they stood divided under the Christian Emperors. This was a large province including all that lay between the fountain of the Addua and the Po, and the Alps, and the Athesis, which divided it from Venetia. Yet here were but ten dioceses to be discovered by Carolus à Sancto Paulo, and the inquisitive diligence of Holstenius after him. 1. Mediolanum, Milan. 2. Eporedia, Jurea, [or Ivrea.] 3. Vercellæ, Vercelli. 4. Novaria. 5. Ticinum, Pavia. 6. Laus Pompeia, Lodi. 7. Cremona. 8. Brixia, Brescia. 9. Bergomum, Bergamo. 10. Comum, Como.
Of these Milan was reckoned the largest city in Italy next after Rome. Ferrarius says, that in his time it was computed to have three hundred thousand people in it, but that is much short of its ancient greatness; for Procopius 11 says, in Justinian's time when it was taken by the Goths, there were three hundred thousand men put to the sword. When St. Ambrose was bishop there, it had several Christian churches, some of which are named by him in his Epistles 12, as the Basilica Por
11 De Bell. Goth. l. 2. c.21.(Oper. Soror. (t. 2. p. 852 e. n. 1.) Nec jam t. 1. p. 439 c. 3.) Tņv dè Tródev és Portiana, hoc est, extramurana Basiέδαφος καθείλον" άνδρας μεν κτείναν- lica petebatur, sed Basilica Nova, τες ήβηδόν άπαντας, ουχ ήσσον ή hoc est intramurana, que Major μυριάδας τριάκοντα, κ.τ.λ.
est. .... Præfectus eo venit, cæpit 12 Ep. 33. [al. 20.] ad Marcellin. suadere, ut Basilica Portiana cede
tiana without the walls, and the Basilica Major or Nova within the city, the Basilica Faustæ, and the Basilica Ambrosiana : and, when it was all become Christian, we must suppose a great many churches more under one bishop; for it never had two except in the times of the Arian persecution. Without the walls it might also have a large diocese; for no other city among those fore-mentioned was within less than twenty miles of it, and there were some thirty, and some forty miles removed from one another; only Novaria and Vercellæ were but ten miles asunder, being nearer neighbours than any other in this province. Cremona was eighteen miles from Placentia, thirty from Brixia, forty from Ticinum, and, if Ferrarius compute right, no less from Mantua ; and yet the territories of Cremona and Mantua joined together, as we may guess from that complaint of Virgil 12,-- Mantua væ! miseræ nimium vicina Cremona,—that Mantua was a little too near to Cremona, because when Augustus sent his colony of veterans to settle at Cremona, and the territory of Cremona proved too little for them, he ordered fifteen miles to be taken from the territory of Mantua, to make up the deficiency of the former. Whence it is easy to infer, that the dioceses of this province were exceeding large, since the cities were so far removed from one another.
15. In the two next provinces Rhætia Prima and Secunda, Of Rhætia, the dioceses were yet larger; for in the former, which lay next Prima and
Secunda. to Liguria, in the middle of the Alps, and is now the country of the Grisons, Carolus à Sancto Paulo could find but one diocese, which was Curia, now called Coire, and in the other but three. 1. Augusta Vindelicorum, Augsburg. 2. Quintanæ, or Colonia Augusta Quintanorum, now Kyntzen in Bavaria on the Danube. 3. Ratispona, or Regium, and Castra Regina, now Regenspurg, or Ratisbon. To which Holstenius adds Augusta Prætoria, now called Aosta, which is reckoned to Piedmont; and Brixino, now Brixen in the country of Tyrol. For, as I observed before, all that part of Germany which reaches from the Alps to the Danube, was anciently called remus.—Ep. 85. [al. 22.] ad Eand. ibi vigiliæ tota nocte, manus im(ibid. p. 875 a. n. 2.).... Trans- positio. Sequenti die, transtulimus tulimus [ossa martyrum, Gerva- ea in Basilicam, quam appellant, sii et Protasii,] vespere jam in- Ambrosianam. cumbente, ad Basilicam Faustæ : 12 Eclog. 9. v. 27.
Rhætia, and reckoned among the provinces of Italy, and the
or forty of those near Rome.
Venetia was divided from Rhætia and Liguria by the river
In Histria, Carolus à Sancto Paulo reckons but five dioceses.
Some of these were very large dioceses. Trent was above thirty miles from Verona; and Sabiona, and Forum Julii, and Æmonia, and Tergestum, Parentiuin, and Pola, were no less from one another. The rest were ten or twenty miles removed from any other neighbouring city. Only Altinum and Torcellum, Ferrarius 12 says, were but five miles apart; but he questions whether they were both bishop's sees at the same time, and thinks rather that Torcellum came only in the room of Altinum, when that was destroyed by Attila toward the middle of the fifth century. However, the greatest part of these dio
12 Voce Altinum. (t. 1. p. 30.) Al- runt: media ferme inter Petavium tinum, Altino, urbs præclara olim et Concordiam, paullo supra 30. Venetiæ, episcopalis, sub archiep; mill. passuum. Illi Torcellum sucAquileiensi, ab Hunnis eversa, apud cessit, episc. sub archiep. Veneto, Silis flum. ostium, quando Aquileia medium inter Venetias et Altinum, et Concordia ab Attila excisæ fue- 5. mill. pass. utrimque.
ceses were one way or other of large extent, as most of the northern dioceses in Italy were, in comparison of those which lay round about Rome.
And now I think the observation made in the beginning of this chapter has been fully verified,—that in Italy there were anciently some of the smallest, and some of the largest dioceses in the world, and yet the same species of episcopacy was preserved in them all; “the bishop of Eugubium,' as St. Jerom 13 words it, ' being, ejusdem meriti, and ejusdem sacerdotii,—of the same merit and equal as to his priesthood with the bishop of Rome.' A larger or smaller diocese made no division in the unity of the Catholic Church.
1. I have now gone through all parts of the Christian world, of the anexcept France, Spain, and Britain, which made up three civil cient dioceses, and twenty-nine or thirty provinces of the Roman divisions of empire. But I shall not need to be so nice and particular in Gallia into inquiring into the bounds and extent of episcopal dioceses in provinces. these countries, because their number being but small in proportion to the largeness of the countries, it will easily appear to any man, that the dioceses were large, as they continue to be at this day, though some alterations have been made in their bounds since the original settlement of them.
France, as it now stands, is but a part of old Gallia, which included also some of the Belgic, Helvetic, and German provinces. It was at first divided by Augustus into four parts, Narbonensis, Aquitanica, Lugdunensis, and Belgica. Afterwards, about the time of Adrian, or Antoninus, as De Marca 14 thinks, these four were made fourteen. Narbonensis was divided into four : Narbonensis, Viennensis, Alpes Maritimæ,
[Ep. 35. al. 145. ad Exuperan- 14 [De Primatibus, &c. ad calc. tum. (t. I. p. 1076 d.) Ubicumque Oper. Francofurt. 1708. Vid. Disfuerit episcopus, sive Romæ, sive sert. 2. de Primatibus LugdunenEugubii, sive Constantinopoli, sive sibus. n. 72. (p. 45.) Hic locus a me Rhegii, sive Alexandriæ, sive Tanis, postulat ut de Gallicanæ divisione ejusdem meriti, ejusdem est et sacer- paucis agam, &c. Ed.] dotii. Ed.]