Pope Anicetus = Antoninus Pius or Marcus Aurelius?
(Note: we haven't quite finished this chapter yet, we still have a long emperor biography to finish going through if/when we are able to.)
"Pope Anicetus" is a fake, he really matches either Antoninus Pius or Marcus Aurelius.
There is no doubt from the evidence that the first 46+ "popes/bishops" match the Roman emperors. However, for some popes/emperors the exact correct candidate match is not necessarily overly certain unless/until much more intense research/study is able to be conducted.
At present it seems that the most likely best match for pope Anicetus is either/both Antoninus Pius &/or Marcus Aurelius?
(Most of the "popes/bishops" only match one emperor, and most of the emperors only match one "pope/bishop", but a few emperors match two or more "popes", and a few "popes" might match 2/more emperors. This does not mean our discovery/thesis is wrong, because there is no doubt that the first 46+ popes match the emperors (some starkly/definitely/indisputibly), and because it should not be surprising that the fake "popes" list will have a few differences since otherwise it would be too obvious if it were exactly the same.)
-- Anicetus: name Anicetus/Anicitus. (Some popes lists have the order Pius then Anicetus, some other popes lists have Anicetus then Pius. "like the similar error 'Anicetus, Pius' for 'Pius Anicetus'") -- Antoninus Pius: name Antoninus Pius. -- Marcus Aurelius: Name 'Marcus Aurelius (Antoninus Augustus)'. Originally named Marcus (Annius) Catilius Severus. (The Annii. Annius Verus.) San Antonio. "claiming to be an ambassador representing a certain Andun, who can be identified either with Marcus Aurelius or his predecessor Antoninus Pius." ["Soon, however, Marcus would find he had many anxieties."] -- Lucius Verus: "Lucius at Antioch"? -- Commodus: Lucius Antistius Burrus 181. -- "These name-swaps have proven so confusing that even the Historia Augusta, our main source for the period, cannot keep them straight. The 4th-century ecclesiastical historian Eusebius of Caesarea shows even more confusion."
-- Anicetus: ruled 153/154/155/157-161/164/166/168. -- Antoninus Pius: ruled 138-161. -- Marcus Aurelius: ruled 161-169-177-180. Was "lieutenant under Pius", "gradually assumed imperial duties" in A. Pius' infirm years.
-- Anicetus Anicetus means "unconquered". -- Marcus Aurelius: was a "warrior". "commanded countless legions". -- Antoninus Pius: A non-military reign. "Antoninus formally taking for the second (and last) time the title of Imperator - in 142."
-- Anicetus: Polycarp of Smyrna. -- Marcus Aurelius: Sirmium. (Sarmatia?) [Smyrna of 'Revelation' is the persecution church of the 10 persecutions from Nero ("Peter") to Diocletian ("pope Caius").]
-- Anicetus: Marcion(ism). Marcellinus. -- Marcus Aurelius: Marcus Aurelius. Marcomanni(a). 7/8 March. 17 March.
-- Anicetus: "martyr". -- Antoninus Pius: "his body would have been incinerated on a pyre at the Campus Martius".
-- Anicetus: "saint". depicted with a halo/aura. -- Antoninus Pius: was deified.
-- Anicetus: during co-emperor Lucius Verus. -- Marcus Aurelius &/or Lucius Verus: Were co-emperors.
-- Anicetus: "papa"/"pontiff". -- Marcus Aurelius: Emperors from Augustus to Theodosius were pontiffex maximus. "...he [Marcus] alone was Pontifex Maximus."