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Hippolytus of Rome
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Hippolytus was the last theologian in Rome who wrote in Greek. Because of the change to Latin, he was soon forgotten and distorted in legendary ways, while he remained highly regarded in the East as an exegete. According to Eus. Hist. eccl. VI 20.2 and Jer. Vir. ill. 61, he was the leader of a church, the author of exegetical and apologetical writings and an Easter canon that repeated on a 16-year cycle beginning with the first year of the emperor Alexander (222–235). A torso of a seated marble statue found in Rome in 1551 wit…

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Frickel, Josef, “Hippolytus of Rome”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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