Pope Anicetus

70 - 168

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Pope Anicetus was the bishop of Rome from c. 157 to his death in April 168. According to the Annuario Pontificio, the start of his papacy may have been 153. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Anicetus has received more than 304,093 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia. Pope Anicetus is the 303rd most popular religious figure (down from 257th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Syria and the most popular Religious Figure.

Pope Anicetus is most famous for being the pope who condemned Polycarp, a bishop of Smyrna, for his beliefs.

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Among religious figures, Pope Anicetus ranks 303 out of 2,238Before him are Judas Maccabeus, Pope Boniface I, Al-Tirmidhi, Pope Gregory II, Vitus, and Pope Agatho. After him are Pope Gregory VI, Pope Clement II, Pope Innocent IV, Fethullah Gülen, Matteo Ricci, and Pope Felix III.

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Among people born in 70, Pope Anicetus ranks 2Before him is Suetonius. After him are Menelaus of Alexandria, Papias of Hierapolis, Theon of Smyrna, and Gaius Julius Quadratus Bassus. Among people deceased in 168, Pope Anicetus ranks 1After him are Emperor Huan of Han and An Shigao.

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Among people born in Syria, Pope Anicetus ranks 8 out of 181Before him are Zenobia (240), John of Damascus (676), Yazid I (647), Hafez al-Assad (1930), Abd al-Rahman I (731), and Philip the Arab (204). After him are Apollodorus of Damascus (50), Bashar al-Assad (1965), Ibn Kathir (1301), Pope Gregory III (700), Muawiya II (661), and Marwan II (688).


Among religious figures born in Syria, Pope Anicetus ranks 1After him are Pope Gregory III (700), John Climacus (579), Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (1292), Ananias of Damascus (100), Émile Benveniste (1902), Romanos the Melodist (490), Maron (301), Apollinaris of Laodicea (310), Sophronius of Jerusalem (560), Ibn Asakir (1105), and Gregory III Laham (1933).