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E06413: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 10.18) of 600, to Adeodatus, an abbot of Naples, deals with the union of two monasteries, one of them dedicated to *Sebastianus (martyr of Rome, S00400) in Naples (southern Italy). Written in Latin in Rome.

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Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 10.18

Extract from the opening of the letter:

Quorundam monachorum eiusdem monasterii ad nos relatione peruenit monachos monasterii Graterensis, quod situm in Plaia est, monasterio sancti Sebastiani, quod Neapolim in domo quondam Romani constructum est, ubi Deo miserante, sicut dictum est, abbatis geris officium, se monasteriumque suum uniri magnopere poposcisse, adeo ut cartas omnes eiusdem monasterii tuo monasterio, ut dicitur, tradidissent.

‘It has come to our attention through a report of certain monks of the same monastery, that monks of the monastery of Crateras, situated in Chiaia, have strongly demanded that they and their monastery should be united with the monastery of Saint Sebastianus. It has been said that it was constructed in the house of the late Romanus in Naples, and by God’s compassion you hold the office of abbot there. They want this so much that they have apparently handed over all that monastery's documents to your monastery.’

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 2, 846. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 3, 728.


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Saint Name

Sebastianus, martyr of Rome : S00400

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).


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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