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bishop of Rome, c.174–189. In the list of Irenaeus of Lyon, Eleutherus is mentioned as the twelfth bishop in Rome after the apostles. Irenaeus visited Eleutherus in Rome in 177 in order to hinder the condemnation of the Montanists (Montanism; Eus. Hist.eccl. V 4.1). Hegesippus also visited Rome and mentions Eleutherus (Eus. Hist.eccl. V 22.3); in Rome, Marcionites and Gnostics (Gnosis/Gnosticism) also wanted to be recognized. The relationship with England reported in the Liber pontificalis (Vita Eleutherii) is legendary.


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Haendler, Gert, “Eleutherus,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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