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A titulus was a church within the walls of the late antique city of Rome where one or more priests (presbyters; Priest/Presbyter) of the Roman church were stationed. By 595 CE, there were at least 24 churches of this type (Greg. M. Ep. 5.57a; MGH.Ep. 1.366–367). Tituli were described in late antiquity as a uniquely Roman institution (e.g. Cabié, 1973) and may not have existed elsewhere.


Information about the titular churches derives from five main source…

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Hillner, Julia, “Titulus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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