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E07831: The author of the Copenhagen Continuation of Prosper, an anonymous continuation of the Latin chronicle of Prosper of Aquitaine, says that when the Lombard king Agilulf besieged Rome in 593, Pope Gregory met him at the steps of St *Peter's (S00036) basilica on the Vatican, and persuaded him to lift the siege. Written in northern Italy, c. 625.

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'Final parts of the Copenhagen continuation' (Auctarii Hauniensis extrema) 17

Postremum cum totius robore exercitus ad obsidionem urbis Romae perrexit ibique cum beatum Gregorium, qui tunc egregie regebat ecclesiam, sibi ad gradus basilicae beati Petri apostolorum principis occurrentem reperisset, eius precibus fractus et sapientia atque religionis gravitate tanti viri permotus ab urbis obsidione abscedit.

'Finally, with the strength of his whole army, he [Agilulf] proceeded to the siege of the city of Rome, and there, when he found the blessed Gregory, who then wonderfully governed the church, coming to meet him at the steps of the basilica of the blessed Peter, prince of the apostles, he was overcome by Gregory's prayers, and, moved by the wisdom and the gravity of religion of such a great man, he abandoned the siege of the city.'

Text: Mommsen 1892, 339. Translation: David Lambert.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Peter, the Apostle : S00036

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Literary - Other narrative texts (including Histories)


  • Latin

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Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Italy north of Rome with Corsica and Sardinia

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Sardinia Sardinia Sardegna Sardinia

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - Popes Foreigners (including Barbarians) Monarchs and their family


The Copenhagen Continuation of Prosper is a continuation of the chronicle of Prosper of Aquitaine compiled in about 625 by an anonymous author living under Lombard rule in northern Italy. It was given its name by Theodor Mommsen (in its Latin form, Continuatio Prosperi Hauniensis) because the only manuscript to preserve it is in the Royal Library at Copenhagen. The final section of the continuation, covering the period from the 550s to the 620s, in which the author becomes less dependent on earlier sources and includes more material based on his independent knowledge, was printed by Mommsen as a separate item in his Chronica Minora, under the title Auctarii Hauniensis extrema ('final parts of the Copenhagen continuation').


Edition: Mommsen, T., in: Chronica Minora saec. IV. V. VI. VII. (I) (Monumenta Germaniae Historica: Auctores Antiquissimi 9; Berlin: Apud Weidmannos, 1892), 270. English translation: Muhlberger, S., "The Copenhagen Continuation of Prosper: A Translation," Florilegium 6 (1984), 71-95. Further reading: Muhlberger, S., "Heroic Kings and Unruly Generals: The 'Copenhagen' Continuation of Prosper Reconsidered," Florilegium 6 (1984), 50-70.

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