Gregory I - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

This encyclopedia article consists of approximately 9 pages of information about Gregory I.
This section contains 2,552 words
(approx. 9 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Gregory I Encyclopedia Article

GREGORY I (c. 540–604), called the Great, was bishop of Rome from 590 until his death, and one of the most remarkable figures to occupy the Roman see. Gregory was born into a landowning, aristocratic Roman family; he was related to popes Agapetus I (r. 535–536) and Felix III (r. 483–492). There is no direct evidence about his early life and education, but his correspondence, the main historical source, suggests that he received sound legal training and acquired wide experience in the management of landed estates. Gregory's own testimony relates that he spent some years in a public career as prefect of the city of Rome. Although one must assume that his education brought him into contact with Latin classical authors, there are few echoes of their works in Gregory's writings; in this he was very different from Jerome and Augustine. What is known about his origins suggests a pious...

(read more)

This section contains 2,552 words
(approx. 9 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Gregory I Encyclopedia Article
Copyrights
Macmillan
Gregory I from Macmillan. Copyright © 2001-2006 by Macmillan Reference USA, an imprint of the Gale Group. All rights reserved.