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E06376: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 7.36) of 597, to Iohannes, bishop of Syracuse, asks him to resolve a dispute between a monastery dedicated to *Peter (the Apostle, S00036), and the monastery of *Lucia (virgin and martyr of Syracuse, S00846) in Syracuse (Sicily). Written in Latin in Rome.

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Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 7.36

Extract from a letter relating to a boundary dispute between the two monasteries:

Quia ergo, indicante Caesario abbate monasterii sancti Petri, quod in loco qui Baias dicitur constitutum est, comperimus inter eum et Iohannem abbatem monasterii sanctae Luciae in Syracusana ciuitate constitutum grauem
esse exortam de quibusdam finibus quaestionem.

‘Thus, from the indication of Caesarius, abbot of the monastery of Saint Peter, established in a place called Baiae, we have found out that a serious question has arisen about certain boundaries, between him and John, abbot of the monastery of Saint Lucia, established in the city of Syracuse.’

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 1, 499. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 2, 492.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Peter the Apostle : S00036 Lucia, virgin and martyr of Syracuse : S00846

Saint Name in Source

Petrus Lucia

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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