Pope Silverius

490 - 538

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Pope Silverius (died 2 December 537) was bishop of Rome from 8 June 536 to his deposition in 537, a few months before his death. His rapid rise to prominence from a deacon to the papacy coincided with the efforts of Ostrogothic king Theodahad (nephew to Theodoric the Great), who intended to install a pro-Gothic candidate just before the Gothic War. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Silverius has received more than 276,575 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Pope Silverius is the 353rd most popular religious figure (up from 502nd in 2019), the 402nd most popular biography from Italy (up from 588th in 2019) and the 163rd most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Silverius is most famous for being the pope who was removed from office by the Roman emperor after the emperor's sister, Agrippina, convinced him that Silverius was conspiring against him.

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Among religious figures, Pope Silverius ranks 353 out of 3,187Before him are Pope Marinus II, Pope John II, Pope Benedict VII, Guru Nanak, Pope John XI, and Pope Benedict IX. After him are Pope Innocent IV, Caiaphas, Belshazzar, Umm Salama, Sarah Baartman, and Photios I of Constantinople.

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Among people born in 490, Pope Silverius ranks 1After him are Bumin Qaghan, Pope Agapetus I, Romanos the Melodist, Simplicius of Cilicia, John Philoponus, John the Lydian, John the Cappadocian, Urien, and Samson of Dol. Among people deceased in 538, Pope Silverius ranks 1After him are Severus of Antioch, Sittas, Cailtram, and Comgall mac Domangairt.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Silverius ranks 402 out of 5,161Before him are Annibale Carracci (1560), Luigi Cherubini (1760), Ancus Marcius (-675), Pope John XI (910), Simone Martini (1284), and Pope Benedict IX (1012). After him are Luigi Boccherini (1743), Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863), Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1519), Pietro Mascagni (1863), Pope Innocent IV (1195), and Alessandro Cagliostro (1743).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Silverius ranks 163Before him are Pope Liberius (310), Pope Marinus II (932), Pope John II (470), Pope Benedict VII (910), Pope John XI (910), and Pope Benedict IX (1012). After him are Pope Innocent IV (1195), Philip Neri (1515), Pope Leo VII (900), Pope Anastasius I (340), Pope Soter (120), and Pope Clement III (1130).