Chapter V Liber Pontificalis 53 on Symmachus (22 November 498–19 July 514)
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Chapter V Liber Pontificalis 53 on Symmachus (22 November 498–19 July 514)311
“Symmachus, born in Sardinia, son of Fortunatus, held the see 15 years 7 months 27 days.312 He was bishop in the time of heretic Theodoric [or the king] and the emperor Anastasius the Eutychian, [from 22 November to 19 July].313 He loved the clergy and the poor, he was a good man and sagacious, kindly and courteous. He was ordained on the same day with Laurence because there was a dissension bishopric [Symmachus in the Constantinian basilica, Laurence in St Mary’s].”314
The author of the Excerpta Valesiana is very reticent here. The two candidates vied for the Holy See and “by God’s will, Symmachus won the election, just as he deserved it.”315
1. Theoderic and the “Laurentian schism” (I)
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