Hormisdas

d.523. Pope from 514. Born at Frosinone in Latium, he succeeded Symmachus as bishop of Rome in 514. Eastern and Western churches had been divided since 484 over the Henoticon,* but Hormisdas negotiated with the emperor Anastasius I in 515 to hold a council. His extravagant demands were rejected by the emperor. In 519 further negotiations induced the emperor Justin I and the patriarch John to sign a dogmatic statement (“Formula Hormisdae”), accepting the Chalcedonian Definition* and the Tome of Leo. The names of Acacius, Zeno, and Anastasius were removed from the “diptychs,” and the authority of the Roman see was emphasized (based on Matt. 16:18). Hormisdas conferred with the Arian Goths in ecclesiastical matters and maintained good relations with Theodoric, the Ostrogoth ruler of Italy.