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Liber pontificalis
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[German Version]

is the modern term for a series of anonymous papal biographies from St. Peter to Stephen V (died 891), with continuations from Gregory VII to Martin V. In contrast to the claim in a prominent pseudepigraphic correspondence between Jerome and Pope Damascus I that the collection was written by the pope at Jerome's request, the original series very probably originates with the disputed claims to the papacy by Symmachus (498–514) and Laurentius, resulting from the double election in 498. The Fragmentum Laurentianum documents that there was a series of papal biogra…

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Davis, Raymond, “Liber pontificalis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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