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Callistus I
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[German Version]

(217–222), bishop of Rome. His life and teachings are known almost exclusively from the portrayal by his competitor and opponent Hippolytus (Haer. 9.11f.; 10.27), who depicts him as a social climber and careerist. Born a slave, Callistus was entrusted with the banking affairs of his Christian master. A conflict with Roman Jews (debtors?) led to his condemnation as a Christian and to forced labor in the Sardinian mines. After a pardon, manumission, and a decade-long sojourn in Antium – probably as a de…

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Schöllgen, Georg, “Callistus I”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_02691>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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