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E02790: Two letters of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 1.18 and 13.3), of 591 and 602, mention a monastery of saint *Adrianus (presumably Adrianos, martyr of Nicomedia, S01342) in Palermo (Sicily). Written in Latin in Rome.

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Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 1.18

From the opening of the letter:

Insinuatum nobis est Marcellum Barunitanae ecclesiae, ibidem in ciuitate Panormitana in monasterio sancti Adriani in paenitentiam deputatum, non solum uictus necessitatem pati, sed et nuditatis nimiam sustinere molestiam.

'Gregory to Peter subdeacon
It has been suggested to us that Marcellus of the church of Barunitum, sent for penance to the monastery of Saint Adrianus in the same city of Palermo, was not only suffering a shortage of life's necessities, but was also enduring the excessive hardship of a lack of clothing.'

Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 13.3

Extract from a letter to the monk Adeodatus:

Quia igitur, priusquam in monasterio sancti Adriani, ubi es conversus, intrares [...]

'Therefore, before you entered the monastery of Saint Adrianus, where you became a monk ...'

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 1, 17 and vol. 2, 995. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 1, 132, and vol. 3, 824, lightly modified.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Adrianos and Natalia, martyr of Nicomedia and his pious wife : S01342

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Literary - Letters


  • Latin

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 - Places Named after Saint

  • Monastery

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Other lay individuals/ people


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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