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Fabian, bishop of Rome, 236–250. The Roman bishop Antherus died in 236 during the brief persecution under Emperor Maximinus Thrax (235–38). Fabian succeeded him by means of an “election by inspiration.” During the subsequent period of peace, Fabian reorganized the Roman Church, dividing Rome into seven administrative districts subject to seven deacons. Fabian was especially active in taking care of the ceme-teries. The custom of recording the day of ordination of Roman bishops, the length of their time in office, and the dates of their dea…

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Reichert, Eckhard, “Fabian”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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