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E06386: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 9.35) of 598, to Fantinus, a defensor of the papal patrimony in Sicily, instructs that property of a hostel (xenodochium) of *Theodore (soldier and martyr of Amaseia and Euchaita, S00480) in Palermo (Sicily) be transferred to a new xenodochium in the same city. Written in Latin in Rome.

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Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 9.35

Extract from a letter concerned with the building of a new xenodochium in Palermo:

Si uero deputata in eorum xenodochio, quod fiendum est, quantitas uidetur forte non posse sufficere, locus in quo xenodochium ipsum fuerat constituendum uel quicquid ibi relictum est xenodochio sancti Theodori, quod in praedicta ciuitate a Petro quondam constitutum est,

‘However, if the amount set aside to build their hostel should perhaps seem insufficient, then the land on which the hostel was to be erected or whatever is left there from the hostel of Saint Theodore, that was established by Peter some time ago in the aforesaid city [Palermo], should be contributed.’

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 2, 595. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 2, 567.


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 - secondary installation (fountain, pilgrims’ hostel)


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).


Gregory mentions a hostelry and monastery dedicated to Theodore in Sicily elsewhere, see E06401.


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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