Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1847
Funerary inscription of Presbyter Carusus, Briord (Gaul), died in AD 629.
croix Hic requiiscit bone me-
moreae in Chr(ist)i no(mine) Carusus
pr(e)sb(yter) qui fuit ad Dei officio
paratus. Vmanetas in eo sa-
tes laudanda, amicus omne-
bus, qui uixit in pace
annus LXV; trans<i>et
XV k(alendas) novembris, an(no) XXXXVI
rig(ni, no, ou nante) Clotario, i(n)d(ictione) III.
(Recueil des inscriptions chrétiennes de la Gaule: XV, 263)
cross Here lies, in the name of Christ, Presbyter Carusus, of good memory, who was trained (paratus) for God's duty. His good nature should be adequately praised, a friend to all, he lived in peace for 65 years; he departed on the 15th kalends of November, in the 46th year of Chlothar's reign, in the 3rd [year] of indiction.
(trans. J. Szafranowski)


Of the eighteen epitaphs found in Briord, three are of presbyters. For the other two, see [1849] and [1850].
Chlothar II ascended the throne in 584, albeit only nominally, since he was born in the same year that his father, King Chilperic I, was assassinated. By a striking coincidence, Chlothar II and Carusus died on the same day, the 18th of October 1629, in the 46th year of Chlothar's reign. The 3rd year of indiction indeed lasted from the 1st of September 629 to the 31st of August 630.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Briord

About the source:

Origin: Briord (Gaul)
The stone (?) bearing this inscription was found in the beginning of the 18th century in Briord at château de Saint-André (Briord lies some 50 km east of Lyon). It was copied by de Veyle, who did not provide any description of the material on which the inscription was engraved or the place it was found. Both the stone (?) and de Veyle`s original manuscript are now lost, and the inscription is known only from the manuscript copy made by Fevret de Fontette. Dimensions are, therefore, unknown.
F. Descombes (ed.), Recueil des inscriptions chrétiennes de la Gaule, vol. XV, Paris 1985, no. XV, 263.
C. de Veyle, Explication des Antiquités romaines qui se trouvent dans le pays de Bresse, Valromey et Gex, manuscript lost; copy by Fevret de Fontette, ms. B. N., fonds Moreau 861, ff. 59 and 164 (of the lost original), f. 229 v (of the copy).
Trismegistos no. 487777
Epigraphik Datenbank Clauss/Slaby no. EDCS-10501453 (ill.)
O. Hirschfeld (ed.), Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, vol. XIII, Berlin 1899, 2476.
E. Diehl (ed.), Inscriptiones Latinae christianae veteres, vol. 1, Berlin 1924/1925, no. 1169.
E. Le Blant (ed.), Inscriptions chrétiennes de la Gaule antérieures au VIIIe siècle, Paris 1856-1865, no. 375.
A. Allmer (ed.), Inscriptions antiques et du Moyen Age de Vienne en Dauphiné. Première partie, Inscriptions antiques antérieures au VIIIe siècle, vol. IV, Paris 1876, no. 1840.


Functions within the Church - Parish presbyter
Functions within the Church - Rural presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER1847,