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E06394: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 9.88) of 599, to Anthelmus, subdeacon of Naples, relates to the property of a monastery dedicated to *Mark (the Evangelist, S00293) outside the walls of Spoleto (central Italy). Written in Latin in Rome.

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posted on 2018-09-11, 00:00 authored by frances
Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 9.88

Extract from a letter dealing with a dispute between the Roman church and this monastery, over possessions in Campania:

Et ideo quoniam Stephanus abbas monasterii sancti Marci, quod constitutum iuxta muros Spolitinae ciuitatis esse dinoscitur, questus nobis est massam Veneris in prouincia Campania sitam territorio Menturnensi, quam ei beatae memoriae decessoris nostri Benedicti redditam praeceptione cognouimus, ab ecclesia nostra nunc indebite retineri.

‘And on this, Stephen, abbot of the monastery of Saint Mark, which is known to have been built beside the walls of the city of Spoleto, has complained to us that the estate of Venus, situated in the territory of Minturno in the province of Campania, which we know was given to him at the command of our predecessor of blessed memory, Benedict, is now retained by our Church without just cause.’

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 2, 642. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 2, 596-7.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Mark the Evangelist : S00293

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


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).


From Gregory Dialogues 3.33, which mentions the same monastery, we learn that the Saint Mark of its dedication was Mark the Evangelist.


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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