Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ID
ER 36
Anonymous presbyter in Clermont (Gaul) hits in the head Gallus, bishop of Clermont, during a meal, the first half of the 6th century. Account of Gregory of Tours, "Life of the Fathers", Tours (Gaul), ca 590.
6.4
 
Unde factum est, ut a presbitero suo in convivio percussus in capite ita se quietum reddiderit, ut nec sermonem quidem asperum respondisset.
 
(ed. Krusch 1885: 233)
6.4
 
Once he [Gallus] was hit in the head by his presbyter during a meal, but he was so calm that he did not reply with a sharp word.
 
(trans. James 1991: 37)

Discussion:

Joint dining may indicate a clerical community.
 
This passage serves as a an example of Gallus' superhuman patience.

Place of event:

Region
  • Gaul
City
  • Clermont

About the source:

Author: Gregory of Tours
Title: Life of the Fathers, Vita Patrum, Liber Vitae Patrum
Origin: Tours (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Gregory of Tours (bishop of Tours in Gaul in 573-594) started writing his Life of the Fathers some time before 587 and finished it around 592 or slightly later, as shown by the cross-references to his other works.  It is a collection of twenty Gallic saints` lives of different lengths. They all are in some way connected to Gregory`s family or church interests, while also exemplifying different virtues leading to sanctity. Saints presented in the Life of the Fathers are all either ascetics or bishops.
 
More on the text: James 1991, ix-xxv.
Edition:
B. Krusch ed., Gregorii Episcopi Turonensis Miracula et Opera Minora, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum 1.2, Hannover 1885, 211-294.
 
Translation:
Gregory of Tours, Life of the Fathers, trans. by E. James, Liverpool 1991.
Bibliography:
 
 

Categories:

Functions within the Church - Urban presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Monastic or common life - Clerical community
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Conflict - Violence
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