Primary Document: Pope Gregory the Great, a letter to Mellitus, instructions for the missionary works in England, AD 601 1. Briefly summarize the text.
The text is about Pope Gregory the Great ordering Mellitus to destroy all the false idols and build alters in their replacements. So that the lord can be worshiped instead of the devils. Also, to make the people who worshiped these false gods gather around the church and feast in the name of god. Not in the sacrifice to the devils. And know that they will not convert instantly it will take time.
2. Describe the nature of the text: is it from a book, a temple, a monument? Is it prose, poetic? Is it a history, a speech, a myth, a law?
This text is a letter from Pope Gregory the Great to Mellitus. Wanting to him, what he thinks the religion is, to spread to other cultures.
3. Who is the author? What can you discern about the author's relation to the text's subject? How does the author know about the text's subject? Is there a specific speaker, and is the speaker the same as the author?
The author is Pope Gregory the Great, informing Mellitus what to do so Christianity can spread instead of what Pope Gregory calls the devil. The author/speaker knows about the subject because he is the head of the Christian religion.
4. Who seems to be the audience? How would they have come across the text? How might they have reacted to the text?