Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 60
Nicetius, a cleric in Chalon (Gaul) from a senatorial family, lives with his mother in the paternal house, where he is also educated and practices asceticism, ca 513-543. Account of Gregory of Tours, "Life of the Fathers", Tours (Gaul), ca 590.
Igitur Florentinus quidam ex senatoribus, accepta Artemia coniuge, cum duos iam haberet liberos [...]. Eodem que summa nutritum diligentia litteris eclesiasticis mandavit institui. Defuncto antem patre, hic cum genetrice iam clericus in domo paterna resedens, cum reliquis famulis manu propria laborabat, intellegens, commotiones corporeas non aliter nisi laboribus et aerumnis obpremi posse.
(ed. Krusch 1885: 241)
A man of senatorial rank, called Florentinus, took Artemia for his wife, and had two chidren by her [...]. She [Artemia] ordered him [Nicetius] to be brought up with the greatest care in the knowledge of ecclesiastical learning. When his father [Florentinus] had died, Nicetius, although already a cleric, lived with his mother in the paternal house, working with his hands alongside the servants; for he understood that corporal temptations could only be suppressed by work and hardship.
(trans. James 1991: 49-50)

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Chalon

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 are all 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.


Social origin or status - Social elite
Education - Home education
Food/Clothes/Housing - Type of housing
Economic status and activity - Indication of wealth
Relation with - Father/Mother
Relation with - Slave/Servant
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