Gregory the Great in a papal letter (Register 9.54) of 598, to Romanus, defensor of the papal patrimony in Sicily, asks him to help the abbess of a monastery of *Mary (the Mother of Christ, S00033) in Naples (southern Italy). Written in Latin in Rome.
Literary - Letters
Gregory the Great (pope)
Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 9.54
From the opening of the letter:
Quia Tecla abbatissa monasterii sanctae Mariae, quod Neapolim in domo quondam Felicis scolastici constitutum est, contra Alexandrum uirum magnificum generum ipsius de quibusdam rebus causam habere dinoscitur.
‘Thecla, abbess of the monastery of Holy Mary, founded in Naples in the home of the late scholasticus, Felix, is known to have a case about certain matters against Alexander, vir magnificus and her son-in-law.’
Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 2, 612. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 2, 578, modified.
Cult building - monastic
SourceA 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).
Norberg, D., S. Gregorii Magni, Registrum epistularum. 2 vols. (Corpus Christianorum Series Latina 140-140A; Turnhout: Brepols, 1982).
Martyn, J.R.C., The Letters of Gregory the Great, 3 vols. (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2004).
Neil, B., and Dal Santo, M. (eds.), A Companion to Gregory the Great (Leiden: Brill, 2013).
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