Pope Anterus

Pope Saint
Papacy began 21 November 235
Papacy ended 3 January 236
Predecessor Pontian
Successor Fabian
Personal details
Birth name Anterus
Born date unknown
Petilia Policastro, Calabria
Died 3 January 236(236-01-03)
Rome, Roman Empire
Feast day 3 January [1]

Pope Anterus (died 3 January 236) was the Bishop of Rome from 21 November 235 to his death in 236. [2] He succeeded Pope Pontian, who had been deported from Rome to Sardinia, along with the antipope Hippolytus.

Anterus was the son of Romulus, born in Petilia Policastro, [1] Calabria. He is thought to have been of Greek origin, [3] and his name may indicate that he was a freed slave. [4] He created one bishop, for the city of Fondi. [3]


Some scholars believe he was martyred, [3] [5] because he ordered greater strictness in searching into the acts of the martyrs, exactly collected by the notaries appointed by Pope Saint Clement I. [3] [6] Other scholars doubt this and believe it is more likely that he died in undramatic circumstances during the persecutions of Emperor Maximinus the Thracian. [4]