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Gregory the Great
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Pope Gregory I (bishop of Rome; c. 540–604 CE), known among western Christians as Gregory the Great and by eastern Christians as Gregory the Dialogist, is one of the most significant figures in the history of Christianity. His theological works informed medieval Christian attitudes toward mysticism, exegesis, and the role of the saints in the life of the church. And his integration of the civic and ecclesial leadership of Rome helped …

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Demacopoulos, George, “Gregory the Great”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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