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E06360: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 5.55) of 595, to Iohannes, an abbot of Reggio (southern Italy), regards a monastery near Vulcano dedicated to *Andrew (the Apostle, S00288). Written in Latin in Rome.

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Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 5.55

Extract from a letter dealing with monastic ill-discipline:

Peruenit itaque ad nos in monasterio sancti Andreae quod iuxta Vulcanum est positum multa perpetrari facinora.

‘It has come to our attention that in the monastery of Saint Andrew, located close to Vulcano, many crimes are being committed.’

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 1, 350. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 2, 386.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Andrew, the Apostle : S00288

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). Further Reading: Neil, B., and Dal Santo, M. (eds.), A Companion to Gregory the Great (Leiden: Brill, 2013).

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