Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 54
Funerary inscription of Telemachus, presbyter probably in Cástulo or Beaza (Iberian Peninsula), mentioning his ecclesiastical career, the 7th c.
In (h)os tumulos quo/s cernitis requie/[scit] in pace famulu/s dei Telemacio pr(e)s(biter) / vixit an(n)os XLVIIII m/ansit in onorem dia/conii annos sex pr(e)/s(bite)ri(i) decem et octo.
(Hispania Epigraphica no. 13879)
In this grave that you see rests in peace the servant of God, Telemachus, Presbyter. He lived 49 years, held the honourable office of deacon for 6 years and that of presbyter for 18 years.
(trans. M. Szada)


We can conjecture that Telemachus was a presbyter in one of the neighbouring towns, that is Baeza or Cástulo (Salvador Ventura 1998: 193).

Place of event:

  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Cástulo
  • Baeza

About the source:

Origin: Baeza (Iberian Peninsula)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Two marble slates, one of which has the inscription of Telemach was found in a place called Torre de Ninches, near Baeza (Iberian Peninsula). They did not survive to our times and are known only from the 17th century chronicles of Jaén (Hübner 1871: 56).
Trismegistos ID: 233214
Hispania Epigraphica 13879
Hübner, Ernst Willibald Emil. Inscriptiones Hispaniae Christianae. Berlin 1871, n. 174.
J. Vives, Inscripciones cristianas de la España romana y visigoda, Barcelona 1942, n. 267.
Corpus de Inscripciones Latinas de Andalucía, v. III, 2., Seville 1991, n. 614.
E.W.E. Hübner, Inscriptiones Hispaniae christianae, Berlin 1871.
F. Salvador Ventura, Prosopografía de Hispania Meridional, Granada 1998.


Burial/Funerary inscription
Former ecclesiastical career - Deacon
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Further ecclesiastical career - None
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: M. Szada, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER54,