(Reigned about . 64 or 67 to 76 or 79). All the ancient records of the Roman bishops which have been handed down to us by St. Irenaeus , Julius Africanus , St. Hippolytus , Eusebius , also the Liberian catalogue of 354, place the name of Linus directly after that of the Prince of the Apostles , St. Peter . These records are traced back to a list of the Roman bishops which existed in the time of Pope Eleutherus (about 174-189), when Irenaeus wrote his book "Adversus haereses ". As opposed to this testimony, we cannot accept as more reliable Tertullian's assertion, which unquestionably places St. Clement (De praescriptione, xxii) after the Apostle Peter , as was also done later by other Latin scholars ( Jerome , Illustrious Men 15 ). The Roman list in Irenaeus has undoubtedly greater claims to historical authority. This author claims that Pope Linus is the Linus mentioned by St. Paul in his 2 Timothy 4:21 . The passage by Irenaeus ( Against Heresies ) reads: After the Holy Apostles ( Peter and Paul ) had founded and set the Church in order (in Rome ) they gave over the exercise of the episcopal office to Linus. The same Linus is mentioned by St. Paul in his Epistle to Timothy . His successor was Anacletus .
Some modern works indicate that Abul-Abbas was albino – literally a white elephant – but the basis for the claim is wanting. An early example claiming that Abul-Abbas was a "white elephant" occurs in a title authored by Willis Mason West (1902),  In 1971, Peter Munz wrote a book intended for popular readership which repeated the same "white elephant" claim, but a reviewer flagged this as a "slip" given there was "no evidence" known to him to substantiate it.  Mention of "white elephant" also misleadingly occurs in the title of the published catalog from the Aachen exhibition of 2003: Ex oriente : Isaak und der weisse Elefant , however, in this publication is a contributing article by Grewe and Pohle that appends a question mark on it: "Among the famous gifts to Charlemagne was a (white?) elephant".