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E06434: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 13.30) of 603, to Iohannes, bishop of Syracuse, regards a former monk of the monastery dedicated to *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 13.30

Extract from the opening of the letter:

Quorundam ad nos relatione peruenit Cosmam, qui ex monacho monasterii sanctae Luciae a decessore uestro uenerandae memoriae Maximiano in ecclesia Syracusana factus subdiaconus atque a uobis postea in possessione quae Iuliana uocatur presbyter dicitur ordinatus.

‘A report by some people has come to our attention concerning Cosmas. He had been a monk in the monastery of Saint Lucia until appointed deacon in the church of Syracuse by Maximianus, your predecessor of venerable memory, and afterwards he is said to have been ordained as a priest by you in the possession called Juliana.’

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 2, 1031. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 3, 847.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Lucia, virgin and martyr of Syracuse : S00846

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).


The monastery dedicated to Lucia in Syracuse is referred to elsewhere in the Register. See, for example, 7.36 (E06376).


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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