Pope Anterus

180 - 236

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Pope Anterus (Latin: Anterus,Classical Greek: Ανθηρός (Antheros),Church Slavonic: Священномученик Анфир Римский, папа Римский) was the bishop of Rome from 21 November 235 to his death on 3 January 236.Anterus was the son of Romulus, born in Petilia Policastro, Calabria. He is thought to have been of Greek origin, and his name may indicate that he was a freed slave. He succeeded Pope Pontian, who had been deported from Rome to Sardinia, along with the antipope Hippolytus. He created one bishop, for the city of Fondi.Some scholars believe Anterus was martyred, because he ordered greater strictness in searching into the acts of the martyrs, exactly collected by the notaries appointed by Pope Clement I. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Anterus has received more than 192,130 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Pope Anterus is the 410th most popular religious figure (down from 398th in 2019), the 490th most popular biography from Italy (down from 480th in 2019) and the 189th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Anterus is most famous for being the first pope to die in office.

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Among religious figures, Pope Anterus ranks 410 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Eugene II, Gad, Pope Caius, Pope Zephyrinus, Philomena, and Pope Hyginus. After him are 13th Dalai Lama, Pope Telesphorus, Beatrice Portinari, Pope Hilarius, Pancras of Rome, and Muhammad al-Baqir.

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Among people born in 180, Pope Anterus ranks 4Before him are Diogenes Laërtius, Ardashir I, and Pope Callixtus I. After him are Julia Avita Mamaea, Julia Soaemias, and Pope Heraclas of Alexandria. Among people deceased in 236, Pope Anterus ranks 1After him is Caecilia Paulina.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Anterus ranks 490 out of 4,088Before him are Propertius (-50), Livius Andronicus (-280), Giuseppe Farina (1906), Pope Zephyrinus (150), Muzio Clementi (1752), and Claudia Octavia (40). After him are Francesco I Sforza (1401), Ludovico Ariosto (1474), Ferruccio Lamborghini (1916), Cornelius Nepos (-100), Pope Telesphorus (100), and Beatrice Portinari (1265).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Anterus ranks 189Before him are Pope John III (520), Pope Boniface III (540), Pope Valentine (780), Pope Leo II (611), Pope Eugene II (780), and Pope Zephyrinus (150). After him are Pope Telesphorus (100), Beatrice Portinari (1265), Pope Hilarius (415), Pope Stephen II (715), Pope Stephen I (200), and Alphonsus Liguori (1696).