Death of Pope Simplicius

Death of Pope Simplicius

Pope Simplicius
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Pope Simplicius dies. Simplicius reigned as pope at a momentous point of history: the last Roman emperor of the West, Romulus Augustus, was deposed by the German general Odoacer. The Western Roman Empire disintegrated into several romanized, but non-Roman, provinces.

The only centralized authority remaining with any claim to the legacy of the Roman Empire itself was the Roman Catholic Church with the pope at its head.

Unfortuantely for Pope Simplicius, the power and prestige of the papacy was in decline. This was due partly to conflicts with the Eastern Church demanding equivalent status between Constantinople and Rome.

More important, though, was the rancorous conflicts over the the Monophysite heresy which was developing in the East.

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