Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 205
Canon 3 of the First Council of Barcelona (Iberian Peninsula, ca AD 540) forbids clerics to grow long hair or shave their beard.
Canon 3
Ut nullus clericorum comam nutriat aut barbam radat.
(ed. Vives 1963: 53)
Canon 3
Let no cleric allow his hair to grow or shave his beard.
(trans. M. Szada)

Place of event:

  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Barcelona

About the source:

Title: Concil of Barcelona, Concilium Barcinonense a. 540
Origin: Barcelona (Iberian Peninsula)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The provincial council was held at Barcelona ca AD 540 (for the date see Orlandis, Ramos-Lissón 1986: 120-121 and Schäferdiek 1967: 85-86) by the metropolitan Bishop Sergius of Tarragona. The other six bishops were present: Nibridius of Barcelona, Carontius of Emporiae (modern Empuries), Andreas of Lerida, Stafilius of Gerona, John of Saragossa, and Asellus of Tortosa (see preface to the canons of the council, Vives 1963: 53). In the Hispana collection the document De fisco Barcinonesi is attached to the canons. It is unrelated to them and was written in the times of King Reccared (586-601).
J. Vives ed., Concilios visigóticos e hispano-romanos, Barcelona-Madrid 1963.
G. Martínez Díez, F. Rodríguez eds., La colección canónica Hispana, Monumenta Hispaniae sacra. Serie canónica 5, Madrid 1966.
J. Orlandis, D. Ramos-Lissón, Historia de los concilios de la España romana y visigoda, Pamplona 1986.
K. Schäferdiek, Die Kirche in den Reichen der Westgoten und Suewen bis zur Errichtung der westgotischen katholischen Staatskirche, Berlin 1967.


Food/Clothes/Housing - Hairstyle
    Described by a title - Clericus
      Attributes of clerical status
        Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: M. Szada, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER205,