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Deacon of pope Bonifatius II (530-532), was in Constantinople with the latter's successor Agapetus [2], where he came into contact with Theodora [2]. He took the body of Agapetus (died 22 April 536) to Rome. In March 537, his intrigues succeeded in deposing the already elected Silverius and he had himself elected pope by Belisarius. Under V. building works were undertaken in Rome after the Gothic siege (Vigilius inscriptions in a number of catacombs). He conducted a correspondence with Frankish bishops. On 22 November 545, V. was arrested and taken (en…

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Letsch-Brunner, Silvia (Zürich), “Vigilius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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