Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1709
Presbyter Eufronius from Autun (Gaul) builds a church of Saint Symphorian in that city and then becomes its bishop, first half of the fifth century. Account of Gregory of Tours, "Histories", Tours (Gaul), AD 573–594.
Eo tempore et basilica beati Simphoriani Agustidunensis martiris ab Eufronio presbitero aedificata est. Et ipse Eufronius huius deinceps urbis episcopatum sortitus est. Hic enim marmorem, qui super sanctum sepulchrum beati Martini habetur, cum grandi devotione transmisit.
(ed. Krusch 1937: 64)
At this time the church of the blessed martyr Symphorian of Autun was built by the presbyter Eufronius, and later on Eufronius was elected as bishop of that city. It was he who, in great devotion, sent the marble lid which covers the tomb of Saint Martin.
(trans.Thorpe 1974: 131, slightly altered by J. Szafranowski)


Eufronius had been consecrated as the bishop of Autun before AD 452, when he sent a letter to comes Agrippinus (the letter is now lost, but it is referred to by Hydatius in his Chronicle, see e.g. [7]).

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Autun
  • Tours

About the source:

Author: Gregory of Tours
Title: The History of the Franks, Gregorii episcopi Turonensis historiarum libri X, Histories
Origin: Tours (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Gregory of Tours (Gaul) wrote his ten books of Histories (known commonly in English as the History of the Franks) during his episcopal reign in Tours between 573 and 594. The books vary in scope and length. The first book covers 5,596 years from the creation of the world to AD 397, that is the death of Saint Martin of Tours, Gregory`s predecessor in bishopric. The second book deals with the history of Gaul between 397 and 511, the latter being the year of death of King Clovis I. The third and fourth books cover the next 64 years till the death of Austrasian King Sigibert II in 575. Finally, the following six books describe exclusively the sixteen years from 575 to 591. Probably in 594, Gregory added the list of bishops of Tours in the end of the Histories, with brief accounts of their actions.
B. Krusch ed., Gregorii Episcopi Turonensis Historiarum Libri X [in:] Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores rerum Merovingiciarum 1.1, Hannover 1884 (repr. 1951): 1­-537.
Gregory of Tours, The History of the Franks, trans. L. Thorpe, London 1974.


Further ecclesiastical career - Bishop
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Ecclesiastical administration - Construction/Renovation
Devotion - Veneration of saints and relics
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