Pope Marcellinus

250 - 304

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Pope Marcellinus was the bishop of Rome from 30 June 296 to his death in 304. A historical accusation was levelled at him by some sources to the effect that he might have renounced Christianity during Emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians before repenting afterwards, which would explain why he is omitted from lists of martyrs. The accusation is rejected, among others, by Augustine of Hippo. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Marcellinus has received more than 207,919 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Pope Marcellinus is the 469th most popular religious figure (down from 460th in 2019), the 576th most popular biography from Italy (down from 552nd in 2019) and the 207th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Marcellinus was most famous for being the first pope to be martyred. He was killed during the persecutions of emperor Diocletian.

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Among religious figures, Pope Marcellinus ranks 469 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Anastasius III, Devadatta, Umm Salama, Saint Maurice, Thomas Becket, and Bruno of Cologne. After him are Tollund Man, Pope Benedict VII, John Knox, Justin Martyr, Pope Anastasius II, and Pope Agapetus I.

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Among people born in 250, Pope Marcellinus ranks 9Before him are Constantius Chlorus, Saint Florian, Pope Caius, Lactantius, Pope Miltiades, and Saint Maurice. After him are Pope Alexander I of Alexandria, Pope Eusebius, Carinus, Postumus, Tetricus I, and Hormizd I. Among people deceased in 304, Pope Marcellinus ranks 5Before him are Saint Lucy, Saint Florian, Philomena, and Pancras of Rome. After him are Anastasia of Sirmium, Vincent of Saragossa, Christina of Bolsena, Eulalia of Mérida, Euphemia, Juliana of Nicomedia, and Saint Afra.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Marcellinus ranks 576 out of 4,088Before him are Philip of Swabia (1177), Kurt Schuschnigg (1897), Edmondo De Amicis (1846), Giuliano de' Medici, Duke of Nemours (1479), Gentile Bellini (1429), and Giorgio Moroder (1940). After him are Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia (1666), Pope Benedict VII (910), Leonardo Bruni (1370), Francis I of the Two Sicilies (1777), Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus (-229), and Pope Anastasius II (450).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Marcellinus ranks 207Before him are Pope Marinus I (830), Pope John XVII (950), Pope Adrian III (800), Denis (210), Pope Miltiades (250), and Pope Anastasius III (890). After him are Pope Benedict VII (910), Pope Anastasius II (450), Pope Agapetus I (490), Saint Rosalia (1130), Pope John XIII (930), and Pope Marinus II (932).