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E01353: The Liber Pontificalis, written in Latin in Rome in the 530s, and re-edited before 546, in its account of *Hormisdas (bishop of Rome, ob. 523, S00799), states that he was buried at the basilica of *Peter (the Apostle, S00036) in Rome, on 6 August [AD 523].

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Liber Pontificalis 54

First edition (as reconstructed by Duchesne)

Hormisda, natione Campanus, ex patre Iusto, de civitate Frisinone, sedit ann. VIIII d. XVII.

'Hormisdas, born in Campania, son of Justus, from the city of Frusino, held the see 9 years 17 days.'


Qui etiam sepultus est apud beatum Petrum VIII id. aug. consulatu Maximi iun.

'He was buried at the blessed Peter on 6 August in the consulship of Maximus the younger [AD 523].'

Second edition

Hormisda, natione Campanus, ex patre Iusto, de civitate Frisinone, sedit ann. VIIII d. XVII. Fuit autem temporibus regis Theodorici et Anastasii Aug., a consulatu Senatoris usque ad consulatum Symmachi et Boethi.

'Hormisdas, born in Campania, son of Justus, from the city of Frusino, held the see 9 years 17 days. He was bishop in the time of king Theoderic and the emperor Anastasius from the consulship of Senator [AD 514] to that of Symmachus and Boethius [AD 522].'

There follows the list of offerings to St Peter's made during the episcopate of Hormisdas (see $E01354).

Qui etiam sepultus est in basilica beati Petri apostoli VIII id. aug. consulatu Maximi.

'He was buried in the basilica of the blessed Peter the apostle on 6 August in the consulship of Maximus [AD 523].'

Text: Duchesne 1886, 99/105 and 269/272. Translation: Davis 2010, 45 and 48, lightly modified.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Hormisdas, bishop of Rome, ob. 523 : S00799 Peter the Apostle : S00036

Saint Name in Source

Hormisda Petrus

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 - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Burial ad sanctos


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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