Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1000
Florentinus, the presbyter of the Church of Macomades (North Africa) serves, probably temporarily, in Idassa in AD 411. Account of the Acts of the Conference of Carthage, AD 411.
Session 1
182. [...] Et recitauit: "Rogatianus episcopus Idassensis". Et, cum recitasset, idem dixit: "Et mandaui et subscripsi; non habeo aduersarium". Aurelius episcopus ecclesiae catholicae Macomadiensis dixit: "Habeo presbyterum in ecclesia Florentinum. Episcopi fuerunt tres catholici. Iam decesserunt; non potuimus adhuc ordinare. Presbyterum illic habemus Florentinum". [...]
(ed. Lancel 1972: 824)
Session 1
182. [...] [Marcellinus] read: "Rogatianus, the bishop of Idassa". When it was read, he said: "I signed the mandate; I do not have an opponent". Aurelius, the bishop of the Catholic Church of Macomades, said: "I have in [this] Church the presbyter Florentinus. There were three Catholic bishops. They died; since then we could not ordain anyone. We have the presbyter Florentius there". [...]
(trans. S. Adamiak)


On the first day of the Conference, the Donatists challenged the list of the signatures of the Catholic bishops on the document in which they had assigned their representatives. The roll call followed, in which the tribune Marcellinus, who presided, called the Catholic bishops one by one, and their Donatist counterparts were to identify them. Then the roll call proceeded in the opposite way, with the Donatist bishops identified by the Catholics.
In this case, Florentius, the presbyter of the Church of Macomades, serves in Idassa, where probably the Donatists form the majority: their bishop claims that he has no opponent, and the Catholics acknowledge they are "unable" to ordain a new bishop, probably exactly because of the Donatists' preponderance.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Macomades
  • Idassa

About the source:

Title: Acts of the Conference of Carthage, Gesta Collationis Carthaginiensis
Origin: Carthage (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian, Donatist
The conference between the Catholics and the Donatists was held in Carthage on 1-8 June 411. Its goal was to arrive at unity between the rival Churches. The proceedings were minutely recorded, and the majority of the acts have been preserved to our days.
S. Lancel ed., Actes de la Conférence de Carthage en 411, tome II, Sources Chrétiennes 195, Paris 1972.


Functions within the Church - Parish presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Specific number of presbyters from the same church
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: S. Adamiak, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER1000,