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Dionysius of Rome
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was a Roman presbyter who became bishop of Rome after the execution of Sixtus II in 259. He was able to reorganize the church, which had suffered greatly from the persecution by Licinius Valerianus. He died in 267/268. Almost nothing of him is recorded in the Liber pontificalis ; an exchange of letters with Dionysius of Alexandria and the congregation in Cappadocian Caesarea is attested. The authenticity of the fragment against the Origenistic theology of Dionysius of Alexandria (preserved in Athanasius, De decretis Nicaenae symboli [decr. 26]), is disputed, so t…

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Brennecke, Hanns Christof, “Dionysius of Rome”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_03736>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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