Book of Saints – Symmachus

mural of Pope saint Symmachus, Basilica of Sant'Agnese fuori le mura, Rome, Italy; swiped from WikipediaArticle

(Saint) Pope. (July 19) (6th century) Born in Sardinia and elected Pope in succession to Saint Anastasius II (A.D. 498), he entered upon a troubled Pontificate. An Anti-Pope, upheld by the Emperor of Constantinople, disputed his claim (clear though his right was) to the Papacy. Councils assembled to arraign his conduct; and riots were stirred up in Rome, in one of which he was assaulted and wounded. He was, however, as history proves, both a holy and an able man. He did much for Church discipline, and many of his Decretals are still extant. He died A.D. 514.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Symmachus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 May 2017. Web. 26 January 2022. <>