Thursday, January 26, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 5th sacred

Leo I, “the Great”, pope 440-461
- one of the “greatest” early popes - by this time the emperor no longer resided in Rome and the bishop of Rome was perhaps the most powerful individual in town - among other things, Leo, in 445, managed to get from the emperor an edict that those involved in church courts in the Western empire could appeal to the bishop of Rome for a final decision
- in 452, Leo persuaded Attila the Hun to leave Rome alone and not attack it - in 455, he persuaded Gaiseric the Vandal to be content with 'only' a 2-week sack of Rome, rather than totally destroying it

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