Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1922
Presbyter Virus is elected by the king to the bishopric of Vienne in 586. Account of Gregory of Tours, "Histories", Tours (Gaul), AD 586-594.
Gravis tunc Provinciam ipsam lues debellata est. Obiit et Euantius Viennensis episcopus; in cuius sede Virus presbiter de senatoribus, rege elegente, substituetur.
(ed. Krusch 1937: 406)
At that time a serious epidemic ravaged Provence. Bishop Evantius of Vienne also died. Virus, a presbyter from a senatorial family, was chosen by the king to take over his see.
(trans. Thorpe 1974: 471, altered by J. Szafranowski)


According to Gregory, Virus' election took place in the eleventh year of King Childebert's reign, that is, in 586.
It is likely that Virus was serving as a presbyter in Vienne.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Vienne

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.


Social origin or status - Social elite
Further ecclesiastical career - Bishop
Functions within the Church - Urban presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Relation with - Monarch and royal/imperial family
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