Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 140
Canon 2 of the Council of Tarragona (Iberian Peninsula) in AD 516 forbids clerics to speculate on the market.
Canon 2
Vt clerici emendi uilius uel uendendi carius non permittantur.
Sicut canonum statutis firmatum est, quicumque in clero esse uoluerit, emendi uilius uel uendendi carius studium non utatur. Certe si haec uoluerit exercere, cohibeatur a clero.
(eds. Martínez Díez, Rodríguez 1984: 273)
Canon 2
That it is not allowed to clerics to buy cheaply and sell more expensively
As is confirmed by the statements of the canons, one who wants to be in the clergy shall not engage in buying cheaply and selling expensively. Certainly, if he wants to practice this, he shall keep back from the clergy.
(trans. M. Szada)

Place of event:

  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Tarragona

About the source:

Title: Council of Tarragona, Concilium Tarraconense
Origin: Tarragona (Iberian Peninsula)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
In AD 516 the provincial council was held in Tarragona which at the time was ruled by the Ostrogothic king Theodoric (he acted as a guardian for the king of Spain Amalaric). The anomalous presence of two bishops is worth noting - Hector of Cartagena and Orontius of Grenada. Their episcopal sees were outside the province of Tarragona.
G. Martínez Díez, F. Rodríguez, eds., La colección canónica Hispana, v. 4 Concilios Galos. Concilios Hispanos: primera parte, Madrid 1984.
J. Vives, Concilios visigóticos e hispano-romanos, Barcelona-Madrid 1963.


Economic status and activity - Buying & selling
    Impediments or requisits for the office
        Private law - Ecclesiastical
          Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: M. Szada, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER140,