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E06385: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 9.7) of 598, to Marinianus, an abbot of Palermo (Sicily), instructs him to take charge of a neglected church, close to his monastery, dedicated to *George (soldier and martyr, S00259). Written in Latin in Rome.

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Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 9.7

Extract from the opening of the letter:

Quia ecclesiam sancti Georgii positam in loco, qui Ad sedem dicitur, minorem quam oportet diligentiam habere cognouimus [...]

‘We know that the church of Saint George, situated in the place called ‘At the seat’, receives less attention than it ought to.’

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 2, 569. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 2, 550.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

George, soldier and martyr : S00259

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 - independent (church)


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).


Although it is not stated in this letter, Marinianus' monastery is known from other letters to have been in Palermo (Martyn 2004, vol. 2, 550, n. 23).


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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