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Innocent I
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Innocent I (d. Mar 12, 417 CE) was bishop of Rome from December 402 CE until his death. (Green, 1973, accepts the dating of Prosper of Aquitaine’s Chronicon over Liber pontificalis, which suggests 401 CE, only having to adjust the length of his episcopate from 15 to 14 years, plus the two months and 21 days). While Jerome (Jer. Ep. 130.16) mentions Innocent as the son of his predecessor Anastasius I (399–402 CE), Liber pontificalis has him as son of another Innocent. I have argued (Dunn, 2007…

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Dunn, Geoffrey D., “Innocent 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 03 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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