AGAPETUS I, pope 535536. Son of Gordianus, presbyter of the Church of Sts. John and Paul on the Caelian hill, Agapetus was elected in 535, in part due to the support of the Byzantine party. This perhaps explains his efforts for the rehabilitation of the antipope Dioscorus who was elected and died two years earlier. By this and other initiatives Agapetus contributed to the opposition to the popes’ designation of their own successors. In 535 Sicily was controlled by Byzantium. For this reason the Italian king Theodahad, fearing Justinian’s designs for the peninsula, sent Agapetus to Constantinople as a delegate. The move was ineffective, however, and the Byzantine troops remained in Italy. At Constantinople, despite the opposition of the court, Agapetus deposed the patriarch Anthimus, a monophysite, replacing him with the monk-priest Menas. Agapetus also intervened on various doctrinal questions at a synod desired by many monastic superiors who were appealing to the bishop of Rome. Agapetus fell sick while still at Constantinople and died there in 536. His remains were immediately transferred to Rome and buried in St. Peter’s. He left seven letters. CPL 1693; PL 66, 35-80; LP I, 287; DHGE I, 887-890; H.-I. Marrou, Autour de la biblioth¨que du pape Agapit, Ml. d’Arch. et d’Hist. 1931, 124-169; G.B. Picotti, I sinodi romani nello scisma laurenziano, in Studi storici in onore di Gioacchino Volpe, II, Florence 1958, 770-771; BS I, 316-319 I. Daniele – M.C. Celletti; J. Hofmann, Der hl. Agapet I und die Kirche von Bysanz, Ostkirchliche Studien 40 1991 113-132; LTK3 1,223 J. Speigl; EPapi I, 504-508 O. Bertolini.
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