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Marcellinus
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(bishop of Rome Jun 30, 295/296 – Oct 25, 304). His pontificate marks “a dark chapter in the history of the Roman church” (Caspar, 98). He is mentioned in 30th place in the Liber pontificalis , but in many lists of the 4th/5th centuries his name is lacking, his period in office being assigned to his successor Marcellus I. This is because of misconduct during the Diocletian persecution (Persecutions of Christians: I): “He was led to the sacrifice, so that he should perform the incense rite, and he did so” (LP 162). It is said that he repe…

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Holze, Heinrich, “Marcellinus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13558>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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