Taius (Taio, Tago, Tajo, Tajón, Tayon) (c. 600—c. 683) was a bishop of Zaragoza during the Visigothic period, from 651-664, succeeding his teacher Saint Braulius in this post. His surname was Samuel (Samuhel).[1]


Taius was ordained as a priest in 632, and later served as an abbot in an unknown monastery.[2]

At the request of Quiricus of Barcelona, Taius compiled a collection of extracts from the work of Gregory the Great in 653654, when progress on the compilation was slowed by the revolt of Froia and the invasion of the Basques.[3] He traveled to Rome, where he was sent to procure the third part of Gregory's Moralia missing in Spain. He received this work from Pope Martin I. He worked as a compiler of others' works, and in a letter to Eugene II of Toledo, explained the plan of his writing and its relationship to Gregory’s model.

During Froia's siege, Taius had been working at a revision of the Lex Visigothorum, unable to leave the city.

The result was what has been regarded as a “poorly organized”[4] book called Sententiarum libri V, which drew heavily upon the writings of Gregory and Saint Augustine, his only known work.[5]

He participated in the Eighth Council of Toledo, the Ninth Council of Toledo and the Tenth Council of Toledo.[2]


  1. Léopold Delisle, Inventaire des manuscripts de la Bibliothèque nationale: Fonds de Cluny (H. Champion, 1884) (Digitized August 29, 2007) 111.
  2. 1 2 Wilhelm Kohl (1996). "Taius". In Bautz, Traugott. Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German). 11. Herzberg: Bautz. cols. 431–433. ISBN 3-88309-064-6.]
  3. Collins, Visigothic Spain, 84.
  4. Joseph F. O'Callaghan, A History of Medieval Spain (Cornell University Press, 1975), 87
  5. "Five Books of the Sentences : Caii, vel Taionis, Caesaraugustanae urbis episcopi, cognomento Saorohelis, vel Samuhelis [...] Sententiarum libri V, quibus praemittitur Epistola noncupatoria". World Digital Library (in Latin). Retrieved 2014-02-28.


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