Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 141
Canon 3 of the Council of Tarragona (Iberian Peninsula) in AD 516 establishes the rules of loans given by the clerics.
Canon 3
Vt clerici, si solidum praestiterint, sine usura recipiant.
Si quis uero clericus solidum in necessitate praestiterit, ut hoc de uino uel frumento accipiat quod mercandi causa tempus statuto decretum fuerit uenumdari; ceterum si speciem non habuerit necessariam, ipsud quod dedit sine ullo augmento recipiat.
(eds. Martínez Díez, Rodríguez 1984: 273)
Canon 3
If a cleric lends a solidus in necessity, he shall receive it without usury
If a cleric has lent a solidus in necessity, on the condition of being paid back in wine or wheat at the time when it is supposed to be sold in the market, and the debtor has not the necessary supply, the cleric shall receive what he gave without any increase.
(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 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.


Described by a title - Clericus
    Economic status and activity - Buying & selling
      Economic status and activity - Loans
          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, ER141,