Pope Sylvester I

300 - 335

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Sylvester I (also Silvester, died 31 December 335) was the bishop of Rome from 31 January 314 until his death. He filled the see of Rome at an important era in the history of the Western Church, yet very little is known of him. The accounts of his pontificate preserved in the seventh- or eighth-century Liber Pontificalis contain little more than a record of the gifts said to have been conferred on the church by Constantine I, although it does say that he was the son of a Roman named Rufinus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Sylvester I has received more than 384,750 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Pope Sylvester I is the 113th most popular religious figure (up from 118th in 2019), the 138th most popular biography from Italy (down from 136th in 2019) and the 34th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Sylvester I was most famous for his role in the conversion of Constantine the Great to Christianity.

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Among religious figures, Pope Sylvester I ranks 113 out of 2,272Before him are Saint Sebastian, Pope Clement I, Pope Urban VIII, Pope Urban VII, Pope Pius V, and Clare of Assisi. After him are Albertus Magnus, Francis Xavier, Catherine of Siena, Pope Pius VI, Job, and Pope Pius VIII.

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Among people born in 300, Pope Sylvester I ranks 3Before him are Saint Barbara and Saint Sebastian. After him are Saint Blaise, Pope Felix I, Pope Julius I, Pope Eutychian, Theodore of Amasea, Vincent of Saragossa, Vātsyāyana, Valerius Severus, and Macarius of Egypt. Among people deceased in 335, Pope Sylvester I ranks 1After him is Saint Nino.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Sylvester I ranks 138 out of 4,088Before him are Clare of Assisi (1193), Victor Emmanuel II of Italy (1820), Nerva (30), Donato Bramante (1443), Sergio Leone (1929), and Cardinal Mazarin (1602). After him are Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463), Leon Battista Alberti (1404), Catherine of Siena (1347), Pope Pius VI (1717), Galba (-3), and Pope Pius VIII (1761).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Sylvester I ranks 34Before him are Pope Gregory XVI (1765), Pope Clement I (40), Pope Urban VIII (1568), Pope Urban VII (1521), Pope Pius V (1504), and Clare of Assisi (1193). After him are Catherine of Siena (1347), Pope Pius VI (1717), Pope Pius VIII (1761), Agatha of Sicily (235), Pope Leo XII (1760), and Anselm of Canterbury (1033).