Pope Sylvester II, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Pope Sylvester II


Date of Birth: 01-Jan-0001

Place of Birth: Saint-Simon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Date of Death: 12-May-1003

Profession: astronomer, politician, astrologer, mathematician, Catholic priest, theologian, cleric, philosopher

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Pope Sylvester II

  • Pope Sylvester II or Silvester II (c.? 946–12 May 1003) was Pope from 2 April 999 to his death in 1003.
  • Originally known as Gerbert of Aurillac (Latin: Gerbertus Aureliacensis or de Aurillac; French: Gerbert d'Aurillac), he was a prolific scholar and teacher.
  • He endorsed and promoted study of Arab and Greco-Roman arithmetic, mathematics, and astronomy, reintroducing to Europe the abacus and armillary sphere, which had been lost to Latin (though not Byzantine) Europe since the end of the Greco-Roman era.
  • He is said to be the first to introduce in Europe the decimal numeral system using Hindu-Arabic numerals.
  • He was the first French Pope.

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