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saint anterus

Pope Anterus

Pope Saint Anterus, was pope from November 21, 235 to January 3, 236, and succeeded Pope Pontian, who had been deported from Rome along with the antipope Hippolytus to Sardinia.

It is claimed he was martyred, but there is little evidence for this and it is more likely that he died in undramatic circumstances during the persecutions of Emperor Maximinus the Thracian. He was buried in the papal crypt of the cemetery of St. Callixtus in Rome and later made a saint. Anterus, who was pope for only one month and ten days, is thought to have been of Greek origin, but the name could indicate that he was a freed slave.

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