Pope Anastasius III

Pope Sir Anastasius III (died June 913) was the bishop of Rome and ruler of the Papal States from April 911 to his death.


Anastasius III
Papacy beganApril 911
Papacy endedJune 913
PredecessorSergius III
Personal details
Birth nameAnastasius
BornRome, Papal States
DiedJune 913
Rome, Papal States
Other popes named Anastasius

Anastasius was a Roman by birth.[1] A Roman nobleman, Lucian, is sometimes recognized as his father, although other sources assert that he was the illegitimate son of his predecessor, Pope Sergius III.[citation needed]

Almost nothing is recorded of Pope Anastasius III, his pontificate falling in the period when Rome and the papacy were in the power of Theophylact I of Tusculum and Theodora, who approved Anastasius III's candidacy. Under his reign the Normans of Rollo were evangelized. Anastasius III's papacy faced renewed threats from the Saracens, after they established themselves on the Garigliano river.[2] He was buried in St. Peter's Basilica.


  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Anastasius". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  1. ^ Platina, Bartolomeo (1479), The Lives of the Popes From The Time Of Our Saviour Jesus Christ to the Accession of Gregory VII, I, London: Griffith Farran & Co., p. 244, retrieved 2013-04-25
  2. ^ Roger Collins (1 Jan 2009). Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy. Basic Books. p. 175. ISBN 9780786744183.

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Preceded by
Sergius III
Succeeded by