Gregory I, St. ("The Great")
Prefect of Rome in 570
Became a monk in 575
Elected pope (r. 590-604)
Enhanced prestige of the papacy
Upheld Rome's traditional claims of
church primacy over the patriarch of
Constantinople; Extensive pastoral activity.
Introduced liturgical reforms and Gregorian
Place and dates
: a commentary on the
Book of Job
: describes the ideal bishop; instruction on the
practice and nature of preaching
: legends of saints of his own time.