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E06408: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 9.205) of 599, to Januarius, bishop of Cagliari, mentions a bequest to a monastery dedicated to *Julianus (possibly the martyr of Cilicia, S00305), probably in the diocese of Cagliari (Sardinia). Written in Latin in Rome.

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posted on 2018-09-11, 00:00 authored by Bryan
Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 9.205

Extract from a long letter dealing with clerical abuse:

Cognouimus etiam quod monasterio sancti Iuliani quaedam uidua suam substantiam derelinquens.

‘We also learnt that a certain widow left her fortune to the monastery of Saint Julian.’

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 2, 763. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 2, 671.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Julian, martyr of Brioude : S00035 Ioulianos/Julian, martyr of Nicomedia : S01840

Saint Name in Source

Iulianus Iulianus

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 - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Bequests, donations, gifts and offerings

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives



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).


Januarius was bishop of Cagliari, so this monastery was presumably in his diocese. Of the various Saints Julian to whom it could have been dedicated, Julian of Cilicia is the most likely, as having the most extensive cult.


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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