Era
Vol. 1: A seculo VI usque ad 803
Series
Date
Between 507 and 511 according to Mommsen; between 518 and 526 according to Kandler
Regestum

King Theodoric orders Anthony, the bishop of Pula, to restitute the rustic possession violently occupied by the bishop's officers to a certain Stephan.

Source
Cassiodorus, Variae, liber IV, epistola 44; original autograph is lost; more than one hundred manuscript copies exist (see edition and this link).
The edition is based on the following codex: Leiden, Leiden University Library, ms. VUL 46: Gesta Theodorici - Cassiodori Senatoris Vita - Hugonis de S. Victore Eruditionis didascalicae - Tractatus theologici, fol. 80r-80v; manuscript from 1176-1177, digitized and available online (B).
Edition
Theodor Mommsen (ed.), Cassiodori senatoris Variae, Monumenta Germaniae historica, Scriptores, Auctores antiquissimi 12 (Berlin 1894), p. 134
Transcription

Anthonio viro venerabili Polensi episcopo.

Theodoricus rex.

Invidiosa est contra eum querela, cui sunt reverentię iura servanda, quia nescio quid admissum grave creditur, ubi contra tales silentium non tenetur.

Stephanus siquidem flebili adicione conquestus est casam iuris sui ante decessorem prodecessoremque vestrum longa ętate possessam ante hos fere novem menses ab hominibus Ęcclesię, cui pręsidetis, despecto civilitatis ordine fuisse pervasam.

Quod si ita factum esse cognoscitis, eam iustitię consideratione momenti iure restituite supplicanti.

Decet enim a vobis corrigi, quod a vestris familiaribus non debuisset admitti.

Verumtamen si partibus vestris in causam momentaria vel principali iusticiam adesse cognoscitis, tractato prius diligenter inspectoque negocio, quia sacerdotem protendere non decet improbam litem, instructam legibus ad comitatum nostrum destinate personam, ubi qualitas negocii agnosci debeat et finiri.

Quapropter sanctitatis vestrę animus non gravetur, nec se fallacibus verbis doleat accusatum: multo maior est opinio purgata, quam si desinentibus querelis non fuerit impetita.

Translation

It is an invidious task to have to listen to complaints against the revered ministers of the Church.
But the petition of Stephanus sets forth that a property, which belonged to him before the time of your predecessor, has, within the last nine months, wrongfully, and in defiance of civilitas, been seized by the officers of your church. If this be so, we desire you, as a matter of justice, to correct what your familiars have done amiss, and restore it to him without delay. But if you dispute his title, send a properly instructed person to plead the cause in our comitatus.
You will be better off by having the matter enquired into and settled, than if the complaints of Stephanus had never come to a hearing.

[Thomas Hodgkin (trans.), The Letters of Cassiodorus, Being a Condensed Translation of the Variae epistolae of Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator (London 1886), pp. 257-258]

How to Cite
First citation: Josip Banic (ed.), Fontes Istrie medievalis, vol. 1: A seculo VI usque ad 804, doc. 507_CV, fontesistrie.eu/507_CV (last access: date).
Subsequent citations: FIM, 1: doc. 507_CV
Image
Image Source and Info

The images were downloaded from the official webpage of Leiden University Libraries: Digital Collections.

The editor has subsequently inserted two red arrows on both folios to mark the parts of the manuscript that refer to this particular letter that is here edited.