, fourth pope
). Also known under the name of Aristus
. Little is known about Evaristus. According to Liber Pontificalis
he came from a family of Hellenic
origin, but had a father that was a Bethlehem Jew
. He was elected during the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian
, the time of the second general persecution
. Liber Pontificalis
also states that he divided Rome
into seven diaconias
. He is traditionally considered a martyr
, but there is no historic proof of this.
Evaristus' feast is October 26.