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E01275: The Liber Pontificalis, written in Latin in Rome in the 530s, and re-edited before 546, in its account of of Anastasius (bishop of Rome, ob. c. 401, S00571) states that he was buried in the cemetery ad Ursum Pileatum, on the via Portuensis outside Rome, on 27 April [AD 401/402].

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posted on 2016-04-16, 00:00 authored by robert
Liber Pontificalis 41

First edition (as reconstructed by Duchesne)

Anastasius, natione Romanus, ex patre Maximo, sedit ann. III d. X... Qui etiam sepultus est ad Urso piliato V kal. mai.

'Anastasius, born in Rome, son of Maximus, held the see 3 years 10 days... He was buried ad Ursum Pileatum on 27 April.'

Second edition

Anastasius, natione Romanus, ex patre Maximo, sedit ann. III d. X... Qui etiam sepultus est in cymiterio suo ad Ursum piliatum V kal. mai.

'Anastasius, born in Rome, son of Maximus, held the see 3 years 10 days... He was buried in his own cemetery ad Ursum Pileatum on 27 April.'

Text: Duchesne 1886, 87 and 218. Translation: Davis 2010, 30.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Anastasius I, bishop of Rome, ob. c. 401 : S00571

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Literary - Other narrative texts (including Histories)


  • Latin

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Rome and region

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Rome Rome Rome Roma Ῥώμη Rhōmē

Major author/Major anonymous work

Liber Pontificalis

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Cult activities - Places

Burial site of a saint - cemetery/catacomb

Cult Activities - Relics

Bodily relic - entire body


The Liber Pontificalis consists of a series of very short lives of popes. The preface attributes it to pope Damasus (366-384), but this attribution is obviously false. According to Louis Duchesne, the first modern editor of the Liber Pontificalis, the original series of lives was written in Rome by an anonymous author, probably a member of the lesser clergy, in the 530s, and contained the lives from *Peter the Apostle to Felix IV (ob. 530). Shortly after, before 546, the text was re-edited by another anonymous author and only this edition survives. The first edition, however, can be reconstituted on the basis of its two epitomes (and the second edition). The second edition started to be continued systematically from the time of pope Honorius (625–638). It should be noted that Theodor Mommsen dated both editions of the Liber Pontificalis to the 7th century, but his opinion is widely rejected and the commonly accepted dating is that of Duchesne. For the pre-Constantinian period (before 312), the credibility of the Liber Pontificalis is very low. The chronology is confused, and details concerning the personal lives, decisions and ordinations of the bishops of Rome at best reflect what people in the 6th century trusted to be true, at worst are a pure invention of the author. The situation changes with the later lives. Already the information of 4th-century papal foundations and offerings are generally trustworthy. The early 6th-century evidence, based on the author's first hand knowledge is even better, though still imperfect.


Edition: Duchesne, L., Le Liber pontificalis. 2 vols (Paris: E. Thorin, 1886-1892) (with substantial introduction and commentary). Translation: Davis, R., The Book of Pontiffs (Liber Pontificalis) (Translated Texts for Historians 6; 3rd ed.; Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2010).

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