- fl. first half of the 5th century
- saints of Ireland
Gaulish churchman who according to Prosper of Aquitaine, was sent in 431 by Pope Celestine to become the ‘first bishop to the Irish believing in Christ’.
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Charles-Edwards, T. M., “Palladius (fl. 429–c.433)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press. URL: <http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/21162>.
Dumville, David N., “Bishop Palladius’s computus?”, in: Dumville, David N., and Lesley Abrams (eds.), Saint Patrick, AD 493–1993, Studies in Celtic History 13, Woodbridge: Boydell, 1993. 85–88.
Ó Cróinín, Dáibhí, “New light on Palladius”, Peritia 5 (1986): 276–283.
Palladius, the earliest dateable figure in the history of the Irish church, has been generally treated as a ‘lost’ character, and almost all trace of the ‘Palladian’ church is believed to have disappeared. This paper argues that one text intimately associated with Palladius, his Easter table, has in fact survived and was known to Hiberno-Latin writers in the seventh century. The principles of that table are here reconstructed and its importance for the history of early Irish contacts with the continent is demonstrated.