Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 682
Salvian, presbyter at Marseille (Gaul), acts as a tutor to many bishops, writes homilies for them, and is the author of other numerous works. Account of Gennadius of Marseille "Lives of Illustrious Men" by Gennadius of Marseille, writing in Marseille (Gaul), ca 490.
SALVIANUS, apud Massiliam presbyter, humana et divina litteratura instructus et, ut absque invidia loquar, magister episcoporum, scripsit scholastico et aperto sermone multa, ex quibus ista legi: De virginitatis bono ad Marcellum presbyterum libros tres, Adversum avaritiam libros quattuor, De praesenti iudicio libros quinque, et pro eorum praemio satisfactionis Ad Salonium episcopum librum unum, et Expositionis extremae partis libri Ecclesiastes ad Claudium, episcopum Viennensem, librum unum, [Epistularum librum unum] et in morem Graecorum De principio Genesis usque ad condicionem hominis conposuit versu quasi Hexemeron librum unum, Homilias episcopis factas multas, Sacramentorum vero quantas nec recordor. Vivit usque hodie in senectute bona.
(ed. E. Cushing Richardson 1896)
Salvian, presbyter in Marseille, well learned in both secular and sacred literature, and, speaking without jealousy, a tutor of bishops, wrote many things in a learned and plain style, of which I have read the following: three books On the benefits of virginity to Marcellus the presbyter, four books Against avarice, five books On the present judgment, and To bishop Salonius one book of the explanation for the favour granted to them [possibly, to Eucherius of Lyon's sons, tutored by Salvian], also one book of Commentary on the latter part of the book of Ecclesiastes, addressed to bishop Claudius of Vienne, [one book of Letters]. He also composed one book in verse after the Greek fashion, a sort of Hexaemeron, On the beginning of Genesis up to the creation of man, also many Homilies for the bishops, and I truly do not know how many [Homilies] on the sacraments. He lives to this day at a good old age.
(trans. by E. Cushing Richardson, changed by J. Szafranowski)


Gennadius did not mention that Salvian was also a monk at the monastery of Lérins [1393].
The place of his ordination is not known.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Marseille

About the source:

Author: Gennadius of Marseille
Title: De viris illustribus, Lives of Illustrious Men, De viris inlustribus, On the lives of famous men On the Lives of Famous Men
Origin: Marseille (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The "Lives of Illustrious Men" by Gennadius of Marseille is the continuation of Jerome`s work bearing the same title. It contains 99 additional additional entries on different famous ecclesiestatics. It was written in the end of 5th century. At one point Gennadius writes that the death of presbyter and monk Theodore (Theodulus) of Coelesyria occured `three years ago, in the reign of Zeno` (died AD 491). Gennadius also knows that pope Gelasius died (AD 496) and Julianus Pomerius is considered alive (d. AD 498). Therefore, Gennadius composed majority of his work most probably in the first half of the 490s.
E. Cushing Richardson ed., Hieronymus liber De viris inlustribus; Gennadius liber De viris inlustribus, Leipzig 1896, 57-97.


Writing activity - Correspondence
Functions within the Church - Urban presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Relation with - Another presbyter
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Writing activity
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