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 239,027 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Pope Anicetus is the 258th most popular religious figure (down from 237th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Syria (down from 6th in 2019) and the most popular Syrian 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 258 out of 2,272Before him are Charles Borromeo, Pope Liberius, Vincent de Paul, Belshazzar, Pope Adeodatus I, and Sabbatai Zevi. After him are Judas Maccabeus, Saint Cecilia, Pope Damasus I, Pope Paul I, Pope John X, and Pope Paul II.

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

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In Syria

Among people born in Syria, Pope Anicetus ranks 8 out of 158Before him are Hafez al-Assad (1930), John of Damascus (676), Zenobia (240), Yazid I (647), Philip the Arab (204), and Abd al-Rahman I (731). After him are Bashar al-Assad (1965), Apollodorus of Damascus (50), Pope Gregory III (700), John Climacus (579), Muawiya II (661), and Ibn Kathir (1301).


Among religious figures born in Syria, Pope Anicetus ranks 1After him are Pope Gregory III (700), John Climacus (579), Pope Sisinnius (650), Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (1292), Émile Benveniste (1902), Maron (301), Sophronius of Jerusalem (560), Apollinaris of Laodicea (310), Ananias of Damascus (100), Romanos the Melodist (490), and Ibn Asakir (1105).