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E06438: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 14.2) of 603, to Vitalis, defensor of the papal patrimony in Sardinia, deals with the affairs of a female monastery dedicated to *Hermes (presumably the martyr of Rome buried on the via Salaria vetus, S00404) in Cagliari (Sardinia). Written in Latin in Rome.

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posted on 11.09.2018, 00:00 by frances
Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 14.2

Extract from a letter dealing with a number of different issues in Sardinia:

Causa praeterea de monasterio sancti Hermae, quod in domo Pomponianae religiosae feminae constructum est, quia plus blandimentis quam districtione agenda est, experientia tua apud eandem mulierem cum dulcedine agere studeat [...].

‘Furthemore, in the case of the monastery of Saint Hermes, constructed in the home of the religious lady, Pomponiana, it must be treated with tactfulness rather than with strictness, and so let your Experience be keen to handle that woman with charm ...’

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 2, 1067. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 3, 868.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Hermes, martyr of Rome : S00404

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

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives



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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