Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 42
Julian, formerly defensor in Clermont (Gaul), once cured by sleeping in the bed of saint Gallus, becomes a presbyter in the second half of the 6th century. Account of Gregory of Tours, "Life of the Fathers", Tours (Gaul), ca 590.
Nam cum Iulianus defensor, presbiter deinceps, dulcissimae voluntatis homo, a quartano typo correptus, graviter cruciaretur, lectulum sancti sacerdotis expetiit; in quo decubans, a lectuaria ipsa coopertus, paululum obdormiens, ita sanatus est, ut nec confractus postea ab hac infirmitate fuisset.
(ed. Krusch 1885: 234)
Julian, who had been a defensor and then became a presbyter, a man of very sweet character, was taken by a fierce quartan fever. He came to the bed of the holy bishop, and laid down and slept inside the covers for a short time, and woke up quite cured, so completely that he never again suffered from that illness.
(trans. James 1991: 38, slightly altered by J. Szafranowski)

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Clermont

About the source:

Author: Gregory of Tours
Title: Life of the Fathers, Vita Patrum, Liber Vitae Patrum
Origin: Tours (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Gregory of Tours (bishop of Tours in Gaul in 573-594) started writing his Life of the Fathers some time before 587 and finished it around 592 or slightly later, as shown by the cross-references to his other works.  It is a collection of twenty Gallic saints` lives of different lengths. They all are in some way connected to Gregory`s family or church interests, while also exemplifying different virtues leading to sanctity. Saints presented in the Life of the Fathers are all either ascetics or bishops.
More on the text: James 1991: ix-xxv.
B. Krusch ed., Gregorii Episcopi Turonensis Miracula et Opera Minora, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum 1.2, Hannover 1885, 211-294.
Gregory of Tours, Life of the Fathers, trans. by E. James, Liverpool 1991.


Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Public functions and offices before ordination
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Devotion - Veneration of saints and relics
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER42,