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E06443: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 14.14) of 604, to Felix, sub-deacon and governor of the Appian patrimony, details lands which will be used to support the lighting of the church of *Paul (the Apostle, S00008), S. Paolo fuori le mura; in detailing the locations of these lands, monasteries of *Stephen (the First Martyr, S00030) and 'of saint *Aristus' (possibly Hedistus, martyr of Laurentum, S01229), both close to San Paolo, are mentioned. Written in Latin in Rome.

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Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 14.14


Gregory praises the light which Paul’s martyrdom brought to the world. He therefore allots the estate called Aquae Salviae for the lamps in the church of Paul. He adds to this two gardens located between the Tiber and the porticoes of the church, divided by the river Almon and between the boundaries of a female monastery dedicated to Stephen (inter affines horti monasterii sancti Stephani, quod est ancillarum Dei positum ad sanctum Paulum). He also names certain fields for this purpose, again close to the church of Paul, which adjoin property of a monastery dedicated to Aristus (ab alia parte possessioni monasterii sancti Aristi).

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 2, 1086-7. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 3, 880-881.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Paul, the Apostle : S00008 Stephen, the First Martyr : S00030 Hedistus, Priscus and Companions, martyrs of Laurentum near Rome : S01229

Saint Name in Source

Paulus Aristus

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 - independent (church)

Cult Activities - Cult Related Objects

Oil lamps/candles


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; 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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