Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 151
Canon 13 of the Council of Tarragona (Iberian Peninsula) in AD 516 orders the metropolitan bishop to urge the bishops he summons for a council to take with them cathedral and diocesan presbyters, and the representatives of the laity.
Canon 13
Vt episcopus diocesanos presbyteros et quosdam ex laicis conuenire litteris ad synodum moneat.
Epistolae tales per fratres a metropolitano sunt dirigendae, ut non solum a cathedralibus ecclesiae presbyteris uerum etiam de diocesanis ad concilium trahant et aliquos de filiis ecclesiae saecularibus secum adducere debeant.
(eds. Martínez Díez, Rodríguez 1984: 279)
Canon 13
That a bishop shall summon diocesan presbyters and some of the lay people by sending them letters.
Those letters shall be written by a metropolitan bishop to the brothers, so that they summon not only the cathedral presbyters to the synods, but also the diocesan presbyters, and that they should also take with them some of the lay sons of the church.
(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.


Writing activity - Correspondence
    Functions within the Church - Cathedral presbyter
      Functions within the Church - Rural presbyter
        Functions within the Church - Urban presbyter
          Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
            Ecclesiastical administration - Participation in councils and ecclesiastical courts
              Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
                Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: M. Szada, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER151,