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E06358: Two letters of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 5.47 and 5.49) of 594/595, to Castor, bishop of Rimini, concern a monastery dedicated to the Apostles *Andrew (S00288) and *Thomas (S00199) in Rimini (northern Italy). Written in Latin in Rome.

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Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 5.47 and 5.49

5.47 is addressed to Luminoso abbati monasterii sancti Thomae de Arimino ('Luminosus, abbot of the monastery of Saint Thomas in Rimini'), promising him protection from the actions of his bishop; 5.49 is the letter to Bishop Castor of Rimini, ordering that he desist from this interference. In this second letter the monastery is given a slightly expanded title:

Luminosus abbas monasterii sanctorum Andreae et Thomae in Ariminensi ciuitate constituti quas nobis lacrimabiliter preces effuderit, inditae textus petitionis informat.

‘The text of the petition included herewith indicates to you what prayers Luminosus, abbot of the monastery of
Saint Andrew and Saint Thomas (established in the city of Rimini), poured out to us with tears in his eyes.’

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 1, 340-3. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 2, 374- 5.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Andrew, the Apostle : S00288 Thomas, the Apostle : S00199

Saint Name in Source

Andreas Thomas

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


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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