Pope Sylvester II

Head of the Catholic Church from 999 to 1003 / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Pope Sylvester II (c.946 – 12 May 1003), originally known as Gerbert of Aurillac,[n 1] was a French-born scholar and teacher who served as the bishop of Rome and ruled the Papal States from 999 to his death. He endorsed and promoted study of Moorish and Greco-Roman arithmetic, mathematics and astronomy, reintroducing to Europe the abacus and armillary sphere, which had been lost to Latin Europe since the end of the Greco-Roman era. He is said to be the first in Europe to introduce the decimal numeral system using the Hindu-Arabic numeral system. He is credited with the invention of the first mechanical clock in 996.

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Sylvester II
Bishop of Rome
Sylvester, in blue, as depicted in the Gospels of Otto III
ChurchCatholic Church
Papacy began2 April 999
Papacy ended12 May 1003
PredecessorGregory V
SuccessorJohn XVII
Personal details
Gerbertus (Gerbert)

Died(1003-05-12)12 May 1003 (aged c. 57)
Rome, Papal States
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