Abbots were the heads of monasteries
As the sole source of Roman education, abbots acted as headmasters, teaching the trivium and the quadrivium to acolytes in Christianity as well as princes and the children of wealthy parents.
- More so than bishops, abbots are normally portrayed as the source of wisdom and learning.
- In the Irish church, the abbots were the individuals with political clout, acting as advisors to kings. Columba, Uinniau, and Ciaran were all abbots.