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E02810: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 1.9) of 590, to Petrus, sub-deacon and papal agent in Sicily, mentions the abbot of a monastery of *Theodore (soldier and martyr of Amaseia and Euchaita, S00480) in Palermo (Sicily). Written in Latin in Rome.

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Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 1.9

Extract from the opening of the letter:

Gregorius servus Dei, presbyter et abbas monasterii sancti Theodori, in Sicilia prouincia Panormitano territorio constituti, insinuauit nobis eo quod homines fundi Fulloniaci, iuris sanctae ecclesiae Romanae, fines fundi Gerdinnae, collimitantis eidem praefato fundo sanctae ecclesiae, quos quieto iure per innumeros annos possederunt uelle peruadere.

'Gregory to Sub-deacon Peter,
Gregory, a servant of God, priest and abbot of the monastery of Saint Theodore, established in the province of Sicily in the territory of Palermo, has recommended to us that people of the estate of Fulloniacum, members of the Holy Church of Rome, want to occupy the lands of the estate of Gerdinna, which shares a boundary with the aforesaid estate of the Holy Church of Rome, and which they [the monks of St. Theodore] have possessed without legal trouble for countless years.'

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 1, 11. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 1, 127, lightly modified.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Theodore, soldier and martyr of Amaseia and Euchaita : S00480

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Literary - Letters



Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Rome and region

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Rome Rome Rome Roma Ῥώμη Rhōmē

Major author/Major anonymous work

Gregory the Great (pope)

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic


A letter transmitted as part of Gregory the Great’s Register of Letters. This letter collection, organised into fourteen books, is large and contains letters to a variety of recipients, including prominent aristocrats, members of the clergy and royalty. The issues touched on in the letters are equally varied, ranging from theological considerations to mundane administrative matters. This collection of letters, which was possibly curated by Gregory, was originally much larger. The surviving Register comprises several groups of letters which were extracted at several later moments in history, the largest of which took place in the papacy of Hadrian I (772-795).


Edition: Norberg, D., S. Gregorii Magni, Registrum epistularum. 2 vols. (Corpus Christianorum Series Latina 140-140A; Turnhout: Brepols, 1982). English translation: Martyn, J.R.C., The Letters of Gregory the Great, 3 vols. (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2004).

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