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Gelasius I (Bishop of Rome)
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Gelasius I was bishop of Rome (492–496 CE), the successor (and former secretary, or dictator; against this, see Nautin, 1984, 283) of bishop Felix III (Mar 1, 492 CE). According to some sources, he was of African origin, and his father’s name was Valerius (LP, vol. I, 255), although Gelasius declares himself a Roman by birth (Gelas. Ep. 12.1). During his papacy the Roman see for the most part lacked ef…

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Buenacasa, Carles, “Gelasius I (Bishop 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 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2022

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