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Siricius (Bishop of Rome)
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Siricius (d. Nov 26, 399 CE) was bishop of Rome from December 384 to November 399 CE. He had been a lector and a deacon under Liberius (352–366 CE) and Damasus (366–384 CE; Ferrua, 1985, no. 24832) and succeeded Damasus. Since Damasus’ episcopal rival, Ursinus, was still alive, the danger of another disputed election could have arisen. However, a letter composed in early 385 CE from Valentinian II (375–392 CE) to Pinianus (whose off…

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Dunn, Geoffrey D., “Siricius (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 28 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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