Sixtus II (St)
Sixtus II (St.),
pope, was born at Athens about the year 180, and was originally a philosopher. Being elected (Aug. 24, 247) to succeed Stephen I, he was accused, during the persecution under Valerian, of preaching Christianity, and was brought to the Temple of Mars to offer sacrifice, but, refusing, he was martyred, Aug. 6, 258. Two of the false decretals, SEE DECRETALS, PSEUDO-ISIDORIAN, are attributed to him. He was succeeded by Denis.