Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

Get access

Church of Rome
(6,824 words)

The early history of the Roman church can be divided into two distinct but overlapping topics: first, the structure and administration of the church headed by the city’s bishop, the pope; and second, Rome’s wider claims to leadership across the Christian world. Neither development was linear nor inevitable. While its…

Cite this page
Cohen, Samuel, “Church of Rome”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

▲   Back to top   ▲