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Pelagius I, Pope
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(pontificate Apr 16, 556 – Mar 4, 561). Already an influential figure while still a deacon (Roman apocrisiary in Constantinople), in 546 he tried in vain to persuade the Goths not to sack Rome. In the Three Chapters Controversy, Pelagius took an equivocal position. Initially he spoke out against condemning them, but later, under pressure from the emperor, supported recognition of the imperial Council of Constantinople (IV, 2). As a result, Justinian I made him pope. The Liber pontificalis mentions a rumor that he was in part to blame for the death of Vigili…

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Holze, Heinrich, “Pelagius I, Pope”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024440>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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