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ER 292
Presbyter Tibertius from the church of Saint Laurence in Rome (Italy) is seen as burning at the stake. Presbyter Florentius, who knew him, is now the presbyter of the same church, AD 568/593. Account of Gregory the Great, "Dialogues", Rome, AD 593/594.
IV 32.3-4
"Man of God" Reparatus is lying on his deathbed surrounded by family and other people.
3. Qui reuersus ait: "Citius ad ecclesiam beati Laurentii martyris, quae ex nomine conditoris Damasi uocatur, puerum mittite, et quid de Tiburtio presbitero agatur uideat et renuntiare festinet". Qui uidelicet tunc Tiburtius carnalibus desideriis subiacere ferebatur, cuius adhuc uitae morumque bene quoque Florentius eius nunc ecclesiae presbiter meminit.
4. Cum uero puer pergeret, narrauit isdem Reparatus, qui ad se reuersus fuerat, quid de illo ubi ductus fuerat agnouit, dicens: "Paratus fuerat rogus ingens. Deductus autem Tiburtius presbiter in eo est superpositus atque subposito igne concrematus".
(ed. de Vogüé 1980: 106-108)
IV 32.3-4
"Man of God" Reparatus is lying on his deathbed surrounded by family and other people.
3. He [Reparatus] regained consciousness and said: "Quickly send a boy to the church of Saint Laurence the Martyr which from the name of the founder is called [the church] of Damasus. Let him see what presbyter Tiburtius is doing and hurry back with news". Evidently, this Tibertius was then indulging himself in carnal pleasures. Florentius, now presbyter of the same church, well remembers his life and habits.
4. When the boy departed, Reparatus, who regained consciousness, told what he had learned about him [i.e. Tibertius] in the place where he was led. He said: "The funeral pyre was prepared. Presbyter Tibertius was brought and put in it, and there burned with fire".
(trans. by J. Szafranowski)


The church of Saint Laurence in this passage is now called San Lorenzo in Damaso and is incorporated into the Palazzo della Cancelleria. It was believed to have been built by Pope Damasus (reigned 366-384) in his own house.

Place of event:

  • Rome
  • Rome

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.


Sexual life - Other condemned
Functions within the Church - Urban presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Administration of justice - Administration of justice
Relation with - Another presbyter
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