Chapter IV Liber Pontificalis 52 on Anastasius II (24 XI 496–19 XI 498)
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Chapter IV Liber Pontificalis 52 on Anastasius II (24 XI 496–19 XI 498)299
“1. Anastasius born in Rome, son of Peter, [from the 5th Region, Caput Tauri], held the see 1 year 11 months 24 days. [He was bishop in the time of king Theodoric. He built the confessio of St Laurence the martyr, of silver weighing 80 lb].”300
There is very little on Theoderic in this passage, but it is noteworthy that Anastasius II had communicated the fact of his election to the emperor Anastasius301 and even the King of the Franks Clovis,302 but not to Theoderic. It should be noted, however, that the primary intent of his letter to Clovis, written in the early months of Anastasius’ pontificate, was to congratulate him on his conversion and baptism. Since there is some doubt as to the authenticity of the letter, it is perhaps better not to overrate its importance.303
“2. At that time many clerics and priests removed themselves from communion with him, because without taking advice from [the priests, bishops and clerics of the whole catholic] church, he had entered into communion with a deacon of Thessalonica named Photinus [who was in league with Acacius, and because he wanted to reinstate Acacius secretly, though in this he failed. He was struck down by God’s will].”304
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