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The author of a treatise on the throwing of dice, St. Victor was an African who made Latin the official language of the Roman church. He was a favorite of Marcia, mistress to the Emperor Commodus, and gave her lists of imprisoned Christians, whom she released. Victor excommunicated several bishops for celebrating Easter on 14 Nisan. Irenaeus of Lyons criticized Victor's severity. During his papacy (189-198), Victor also fought gnosticism and monarchianism.


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