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Gregory the Great, Pope (Saint)
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(Sep 3, 590 – Mar 12, 604; b. c. 540, Rome) was one of the most important mediators between antiquity and the Middle Ages. Gregory descended from Roman senatorial nobility, was still rooted in ancient learning, and went through the civil administrative curriculum before he turned to the monastic life in 574/75 and founded several monasteries (including the one on the Caelius in Rome). As apocrisiarus, he represented his predecessor, Pelagius II, in Constantinople from 579 to 585/86, and devoted himself before and after to scholarly studies. His…

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Schieffer, Rudolf, “Gregory the Great, Pope (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_09003>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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