Saint Patrick, the Irish national saint, is regarded as one of the most popular saints. The historical Patrick lived in the fifth century and his two letters are a main sources of the Church History of Britain and Ireland. The present work is an attempt to contextualize Patricks writings within the religious developments of late antiquity.In the study Patrick's writings are compared to late ancient saints lives, the Life of Martin of Tours, the Life of Germanus of Auxerre and the Life of Severin of Noricum. The focus of the discussion is Patrick's self-representation the representation of saints and humans in the texts. The work is divided into four parts. The first chapter provides a brief introduction to the origins of Christianity in Britain and Ireland, with particular attention on Patrick's texts, Epistola and Confessio, Patrick's time and mission. The first chapter investigates Patricks self-representation and his complex self-image (the sinner, the missionary, the ascet). A smaller part of the chapter will discuss the representation of people in Patrick's text. The third chapter deals with the representation of saints and people in Sulpicius Severus' Life of Martin, Constantius of Lyons Life of Germanus and Eugippius' Life of Severin. The last chapter attempts a comparison of these texts with Patrick's writings.