Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1863
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Funerary inscription of a noble called Ludubertus, who before death bequeathed his property to Saint Peter and became a cleric, Trier (Gaul), ca 700/800.
cross Hic requiescit in
pace uir uenera-
biles Ludubertus,
de nobile genere, qui
uixxit annus plus
minus LXV, cuius de-
posicio eius est XVI
k(a)l(endas) ian(uarias) et o(m)nes res suas
s(an)c(t)o Petro trade-
dit et se clericu(m) feci(t)
(Recueil des inscriptions chrétiennes de la Gaule: I, 29 A)
cross Here lies in peace Ludubertus, a venerable man of noble origin who lived about 65 years, and whose deposition [took place] on the 16th kalends of January; he bestowed all of his property to Saint Peter, and made himself a cleric.
(trans. J. Szafranowski)


It seems that Ludubertus, aware of his imminent death, decided to leave all his possessions to Saint Peter (who was the patron of Trier's cathedral) and enter the clergy. Gauthier suggested that the renouncement of all goods also indicates a monastic status; since he left all his property to the cathedral, he might have entered a common life with the cathedral clergy. Clericus can indicate any rank of ecclesiastical office.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Trier

About the source:

Origin: Trier (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
This epitaph was found in 1927 in the south aisle of the Saint-Mathias basilica cemented to child`s sarcophagus. It is now conserved at the library of the nearby Benedictine abbey.
White marble in three fragments; dimensions: 31 cm × 36.5 cm × 3.5 cm, with letters 2.5 cm high.
Judging by the vocabulary and the style of the letters, Gauthier dates it to the 8th century.
N. Gauthier (ed.), Recueil des inscriptions chrétiennes de la Gaule, vol. 1, Paris 1975, no. I, 29 A.
Trismegistos no. 463294
Epigraphik Datenbank Clauss/Slaby no. EDCS-11202103 (ill.)
E, Krueger, Trier. Zeitschr. 5, 1930, p. 175.
H. Nesselhauf, Neue Inschriften in: 27. Ber. der R. G. K., 1937, no. 23.
E. Gose, Katalog der frühchristlichen Inschriften in Trier, Berlin 1958, no. 29.


Burial/Funerary inscription
Described by a title - Clericus
Reasons for ordination - Personal piety
Economic status and activity - Indication of poverty
Monastic or common life
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER1863,