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Book VII
Chapter 9

This webpage reproduces a section of
Italy and Her Invaders

by
Thomas Hodgkin

published by the Clarendon Press
Oxford
1896

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Book VII
Chapter 10

Vol. IV
p387
Note C

List of Popes
from the death of Gregory I (604)
to the ordination of Gregory II (715)

The dates are taken from Duchesne's Table Chronologique, p. cclxii of the Liber Pontificalis.

Name of Pope Nationality Date of Ordination Length of Pontificate Date of Death Days Interval
Years Months Days
Sabinianus Tuscan Sept. 13, 604 1 5 9 Feb. 22, 606 358
Bonifacius III Roman Feb. 19, 607 8 22 Nov. 12, 607 256
Bonifacius IV Marsian Aug. 25, 608 6 8 13 May 8, 615 164
Deusdedit Roman Oct. 19, 615 3 0 20 Nov. 8, 618 410
Bonifacius V Neapolitan Dec. 23, 619 5 10 0 Oct. 25, 625 2
Honorius Campanian Oct. 27, 625 12 11 17 Oct. 12, 638 959
Severinus Roman May 28, 640 2 4 Aug. 2, 640 144
Johannes IV Dalmatian Dec. 24, 640 1 9 18 Oct. 12, 642 43
Theodorus Greek, son of bishop of Jerusalem Nov. 24, 642 6 5 18 May 14, 649 (?)
Martinus Tuscan July (?), 649 (?) Degraded,
June 17, 653
(?)
Eugenius Roman Aug. 10, 654 2 9 24 June 2, 657 58
Vitalianus Campanian July 30, 657 14 6 0 Jan. 27, 672 75
Adeodatus Roman April 11, 672 4 2 5 June 17, 676 138
Donus Roman Nov. 2, 676 1 5 10 April 11, 678 67
Agatho Sicilian June 27, 678 2 6 14 Jan. 10, 681 584
Leo II Sicilian Aug. 17, 682 10 17 July 3, 683 358
Benedictus II Roman June 26, 684 10 12 May 8, 685 76
Johannes V Syrian July 23, 685 1 0 9 Aug. 2, 686 80
Conon Thraciana Oct. 21, 686 11 0 Sept. 21, 687 85
Sergius Syrian Dec. 15, 687 13 8 23 Sept. 8, 701 52
Johannes VI Greek Oct. 30, 701 3 2 12 Jan. 11, 705 49
Johannes VII Greek March 1, 705 2 7 17 Oct. 18, 707 89
Sisinnius Syrian Jan. 15, 708 20 Feb. 4, 708 50
Constantinus Syrian Mar. 25, 708 7 0 15 April 9, 715 40
Gregorius II Roman May 19, 715 15 8 24 Feb. 11, 731 35

The manner of calculating the 'Length of Pontificate' is occasionally somewhat obscure, and the dates do not always fit exactly; but the general results are evident enough. Many of  p388 the pontificates are extremely short, and thus it comes to pass that in an interval of 104 years from the death of Gregory I to the death of Sisinnius we have 23 popes, or about 4½ years to each pope. And this is without counting the intervals between the death of one pope and the election of another, which were sometimes longer than the pontificate itself. In fact the duration of the intervals shown in the above table amounts to 4172 days, or more than 11 years and 8 months in the century. When the interval was under 50 days we must probably conclude that the Imperial confirmation for which the election was usually delayed was given by the Exarch at Ravenna.


Thayer's Note:

a But see Hodgkin's own note on p351.


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