Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 16
John, presbyter in Merida (Iberian Peninsula), flourishes c. 578. Account of John of Biclar, writing in Biclar (Iberian Peninsula) ca 590.
Anno II Tiberii imperatoris, qui est Leovegildi regis annus X [...] 5. Iohannes presbyter ecclesiae Emeritensis clarus habetur.
(Campos ed. 1960, 88)
In the second year of the reign of the emperor Tiberius, which was the tenth year of king Leovigild [...] John, presbyter of the church of Merida, flourished.
(trans. M. Szada)

Place of event:

  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Merida

About the source:

Author: John of Biclar
Title: Continuatio Victoris Tonnonnensis
Origin: Biclar (Iberian Peninsula)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
According to the account of Isidore of Seville (Iberian Peninsula) in De viris illustribus 44, John was a Goth from Lusitania, he studied in Constantinople. He went back to Spain during the reign of Leovigild, and was said to be persecuted for his Catholic faith. Later he founded the monastery in Biclar, and eventually he was ordained as bishop of Gerona (Iberian Peninsula). He wrote a chronicle as a continuation of the work of Eusebius, Jerome, Victor of Tunnuna and Prosper of Aquitaine. His point of departure was AD 567, and he reached the year AD 592 (Wolf 2011: 1-9).
J. Campos, Juan de Bíclaro, obispo de Gerona, su vida y su obra, edición crítica, Madrid 1960.
T. Mommsen ed., Iohannis abbatis Biclarensis chronica a. DLXVII-DXC, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Auctores antiquissimi 11, Berlin 1894, 211-220.
K.B. Wolf, Conquerors and Chroniclers of Early Medieval Spain, Liverpool 2011


Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
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