ST. EPIPHANIUS, BISHOP OF PAVIA
FROM 467 TO 497.
THE reputation of Epiphanius for sanctity and
miracles, gave him the highest credit with all the last weak Roman
emperors, and with the kings Odoacer and Theodoric, though all of
opposite interests. By his admirable eloquence and charity he often
disarmed the most savage barbarians, obtained the lives and liberty
of whole armies of captives, the abolition of several oppressive
laws, and the mitigation of heavy public imposts and taxes. By his
profuse charities he preserved an incredible number of distressed
persons from perishing, and by his zeal he stemmed the torrent of
iniquity in times of universal disorder and calamity. He performed an
embassy to the emperor Anthemius, and another to king Euric at
Toulouse; both to avert the dangers of war. He rebuilt Pavia, which
had been destroyed by Odoacer, and mitigated the fury of Theodoric in
the heat of his victories. He undertook a journey into Burgundy, to
redeem captives detained by the kings Gondebald and Godegisile, and
died of a cold and fever at Pavia, in the fifty-sighth year of his
age. His body was translated to Hildesheim in Lewen Saxony, in 963.
Brower thinks it lies in a silver coffin near the high altar His name
is inserted in the Roman Martyrology. See his panegyric in verse, by
Ennodius, his successor, the masterpiece of that author, published by
Bollandus and F. Sirmond. Consult also Marroni, of the Schola Pia
Comment. de Ecclesiâ & Episcopis Papiensibus. Romæ.