St. Simplicius I, Pope of Rome
The first pope depicted with a square nimbus in a contemporary mosaic, St.
Simplicius was born in Tivoli and was elected to the papacy in 468. In
476, the last emperor of the Western Empire was deposed, and Odoacer the
Goth became the first king of Italy and a Roman patrician. Simplicius
opposed monothelitism and built churches. He wanted to maintain papal
authority in the Western Empire in spite of the collapse of civil
authority. Simplicius died, after a long illness, in 483.
Karen Rae Keck
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