Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 291
Speciosus, a presbyter probably in Rome (Italy), attests to the truthfulness of Gregory`s story and is called by him his co-presbyter. Account of Gregory the Great, "Dialogues", Rome, AD 593/594.
IV 16.1
In eisdem quoque omeliis rem narrasse me recolo, cui Speciosus conpresbiter meus, qui hanc nouerat, me narrante adtestatus est.
(ed. de Vogüé 1980: 62)
IV 16.1
I also remember that in the same homily I told the story which Speciosus, my co-presbyter, who was familiar with it, confirmed when I was telling it.
(trans. by J. Szafranowski)


It is interesting here that Gregory, a bishop, calls Speciosus his co-presbyter (conpresbiter), even though he himself rose to the bishopric straight from the diaconate. This manner of addressing a presbyter by a bishop is, however, also attested in the writings of other bishops (such as Augustine and Cyprian of Carthage), including those who had never been presbyters before episcopacy, like Ambrose.

Place of event:

  • Italy north of Rome with Corsica and Sardinia
  • Norcia

About the source:

Author: Gregory the Great
Title: Dialogues, Dialogorum Gregorii Papae libri quatuor de miraculis Patrum Italicorum, Dialogi
Origin: Rome (Rome)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Gregory the Great wrote his Dialogues between 593 and 594 in Rome when he was the Bishop of this city. They were written in order to present lives and miracles of Italian saints, many of them contemporary to Gregory, and the greatest of them, saint Benedict of Nurcia. The Dialogues are divided into four books in which Gregory tells the stories of various saints to Peter, who was a deacon and a friend of Gregory, and is also known from the Gregory`s private correspondence.
Grégoire le Grand, Dialogues, ed. A. de Vogüé, Sources Chretiennes 251, 260, 265, Paris 1978-1980.


Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Relation with - Another presbyter
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Described by a title - Conpresbyter
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER291,