Ardo Smaragdus

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Saint Ardo Smaragdus
Died March 843
Aniane, Hérault, France
Feast 7 march[1]

Ardo Smaragdus (died March 843 AD) was a hagiographer. He entered the monastery of Aniane, in Hérault, as a boy, and was brought up by Saint Benedict of Aniane. He was ordained a priest and made head of the monastery school.

In 794, he accompanied Benedict to the Council of Frankfurt. and in 814, he replaced Benedict as abbot after the latter joined the imperial court at Aix-la-Chapelle.

Smaragdus wrote a life of St. Benedict of Aniane in 822, and was himself honored as a saint at his monastery after his death.

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Editions[edit]

  • Ardo Smaragdus, Vita, Migne's Patrologia Latina, 103:353 sqq.;
  • Cabaniss, Allen, trans. Benedict of Aniane: The Emperor's Monk, Ardo's Life. Foreword by Annette Grabowsky and Clemens Radl. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Cistercian Publications, 2008. Pp. 112.

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.