Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 559
Lucidius, presbyter in Toledo (Iberian Peninsula, 636/647) goes mad and is paralysed because he extorted the presbyterial ordination. Account of Ildefonsus of Toledo, "On the Lives of Famous Men," 657/667.
Adhuc etiam successori in locum eius Eugenio priori Lucidius diaconus suus, cum innexus amicitiae saeculari uiolenter honorem presbyterii et quaedam praedia extorsisset, tam in reprobrum sensum, tam que in languoris supereminentem peruenit statum ut cum uiuere recusaret, tam mori esset quod uiueret, quam uiuere quod mori uellet. [...]
(eds. V. Yarza Urquiola, C. Codoñer 2007: 600)
Then when the deacon Lucidius had extorted by violence and the intrigues of worldly friendships the honour of the priesthood [honorem presbyterii] and various goods from the next bishop of Toledo, Eugene I, his wits were so befuddled and he fell into such a degree of paralysis that when he wished to live no longer his death was no different to the life he had possessed, just as his life had been a wish to die. [...]
(trans. A.T. Fear 1997: 109)


Lucidius is probably the same individual that is mentioned in Letters 35-36 of Braulio of Saragossa and Eugenius II of Toledo, see [337], [372].

Place of event:

  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Toledo

About the source:

Author: Ildefonsus of Toledo
Title: On the Lives of Famous Men, De viris illustribus, Lives of Illustrious Men
Origin: Toledo (Iberian Peninsula)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Ildefonsus of Toledo wrote the continuation of the "De viris illustribus" written by Isidore of Seville during the time of his episcopacy in Toledo sometime between 657 and 667.
V. Yarza Urquiola, C. Codoñer eds., Ildefonsi Toletani De virginitate Sanctae Mariae, De cognitione baptismi, De itinere deserti, De viris illustribus, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 114A, Turnhout 2007
A.T. Fear, Lives of the Visigothic fathers, Liverpool 1997


Former ecclesiastical career - Deacon
Reasons for ordination - Personal ambition
Usurping presbyterial power
Administration of justice - Administration of justice
Economic status and activity - Gift
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
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