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Alexander I
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Alexander I was the sixth bishop in Rome (counting Peter as the first one) and held office between circa 109 and 116 CE. His identity is frequently confused with a martyr of the same name, but contemporary textual evidence suggests that this is hagiographic legend rather than fact. The concept of papacy at this early stage of the Christian church is contested; some contemporary records refe…

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Hunt, Hannah, “Alexander I”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 24 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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