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E06346: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 3.56) of 593, to Secundinus, bishop of Taormina (Sicily), orders that a baptistry in a monastery dedicated to *Andrew (the Apostle, S00288) in his diocese be closed and the font be replaced by an altar. Written in Latin in Rome.

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Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 3.56

Extract from the opening of the letter:

Pridem praecepimus ut de monasterio sancti Andreae quod est super Mascalas baptisterium propter monachorum insolentias debuisset auferri, atque in eodem loco quo fontes sunt altare fundari.

‘Long ago we gave orders that the baptistry should be removed from the monastery of Saint Andrew above Mascalae, because of the insolence of the monks, and that an altar should be built in the same place where the fonts are.’

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 1, 204-5. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 1 277.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Andrew, the Apostle : S00288

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 - dependent (chapel, baptistery, etc.)

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops Ecclesiastics - monks/nuns/hermits


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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