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Pius I, Saint
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According to the Muratorian Fragment (73f.), Pius was the brother of the author of the Shepherd of Hermas, who wrote between 120 and 150 ce. Like his brother, he was probably born as a slave (verna) in the household of his master, sold to someone in Rome, and there given his freedom. He was a presbyter of one of Rome’s numerous Christian house churches. In the second half of the 2nd century, when Rome was developing monepiscopacy, Pius’s name, still part of the local Roman tradition, was used as a building block for the Roman bishop list (Iren. Haer. III 4.4; cf. 7.2), which a…

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Lampe, Peter, “Pius I, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024585>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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