Pope Boniface II
. He was by birth an Ostrogoth
, the first German chosen to be Pope, and he owed his election to the influence of the Gothic king Athalaric
. Boniface was chosen by his predecessor, Pope Felix IV
, who had been a strong adherent of the Arian
king. Boniface had for some time an antipope
, Dioscurus, who had the support of most of the priests of Rome
, but Dioscurus died only twenty-two days after his being chosen as antipope.