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The clerics of Tarentum petition Gregory to seek compensation for the wrongs done to them by their bishop, Andrew. Gregory orders Bishop John of Gallipoli to right these wrongdoings. Gregory the Great, Letter 3.45, AD 593.
Letter 3.45 to Bishop John of Gallipoli (June 593)
Gregorius Iohanni episcopo calliopolitano
Gregory asks John to inspect the misdeeds of Bishop Andrew of Tarentum and suspend him from communion.
Praeterea oblata nobis petitione quae tenetur in subditis, clerici praedicti episcopi multa se ab eo mala sustinere commemorant. Ob quam rem fraternitas tua subtiliter cuncta curet addiscere, et ita ea rationabili modo emendare atque disponere, ut nulla eis pro hac re huc remeandi de cetero necessitas imponatur.
(ed. Norberg 1982: )
Letter 3.45 to Bishop John of Gallipoli (June 593)
Gregory to John, bishop of Gallipoli
Gregory asks John to inspect the misdeeds of Bishop Andrew of Tarentum and suspend him from communion.
Furthermore, in a petition presented to us (appended to this letter), the clergy of the aforesaid bishop allege that they have endured many evils at his hand. For this reason, your Fraternity should take care to find out about everything accurately, and so remedy and settle things in a reasonable manner that they are not forced to return here over this matter in future.
(trans. Martyn 2004: 265, summarized by J. Szafranowski)


The text of the petition attached to this letter has not been preserved.

Place of event:

  • Italy south of Rome and Sicily
  • Rome
  • Tarentum
  • Gallipoli
  • Rome

About the source:

Author: Gregory the Great
Title: Letters, Epistulae, Epistolae, Registrum epistularum, Registrum epistolarum
Origin: Rome (Rome)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Gregory, later called the Great (Gregorius Magnus), was born ca 540 to an influential Roman family with some connection to the ancient gens Anicia. His great-great-grandfather was Felix III, who served as the bishop of Rome from 526 to 530. Possibly, Agapetus I, pope between 535 and 536, was his relative as well. Little is known about his early career, but in 573 Gregory ascended to the high office of city prefect. Shortly afterwards, however, he resigned from his post and adopted the monastic way of life. He founded a monastery dedicated to St. Andrew within his family estate on Coelian Hill, next to the library established by Agapetus and Cassiodorus. Six other monasteries were founded in the estates his family owned in Sicily. Soon after his monastic conversion, he started to be given various tasks by Popes Benedict I (575–578) and Pelagius II (578–590). At that time, he was ordained a deacon. Between 579 and 585/6, Gregory acted as Pelagius` envoy in Constantinople. In 590, he was elected Pelagius` successor to the bishopric of Rome. The registry of his letters contained copies of Gregory`s papal correspondence up to his death in 604. The scope of Gregory`s original registry is still the subject of scholarly speculation. There are 854 extant letters gathered in fourteen volumes, most of them (686 letters) originating from the collection compiled at the time of Pope Hadrian I (772–795).
It is worth remembering that the majority of Gregory’s correspondence was jointly produced by the pope and his subordinates, see Pollard 2013.
D. Norberg ed., S. Gregorii Magni Registrum Epistularum, Corpus Christianorum: Series Latina 140, 140A, Turnhout 1982.
The Letters of Gregory the Great, trans. J.R.C. Martyn, Mediaeval Sources in Translation 40, Toronto 2004.
R.M. Pollard, A Cooperative Correspondence: The Letters of Gregory the Great, in: M. Dal Santo, B. Neil (eds.), A Companion to Gregory the Great, Leiden-Boston 2013, pp. 291–312.


Writing activity - Correspondence
    Described by a title - Clericus
        Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
          Administration of justice - Ecclesiastical
            Administration of justice - Excommunication/Anathema
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