Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1171
The Donatist presbyter Manilius of Vasua (North Africa) signs the Donatist mandate during the Conference of Carthage in AD 411 for his blind bishop. Account of the Acts of the Conference of Carthage, AD 411.
Session 1
182. [...] Item recitauit: "Presbyter Manilius Vaziensis pro episcopo meo". Et, cum recitasset,
183. Marcellinus, uir clarissimus, tribunus et notarius, dixit: "Pro quo episcopo?" Petilianus episcopus dixit: "Lumine captus est". Et, alia manu: "Petilianus episcopus recognoui". Alypius episcopopus ecclesiae catholicae dixit: "Respondeatur utrum praesens sit pro quo subscriptum est". Et, alia manu: "Recognoui". Primianus episcopus dixit: "Loquamur ueritatem: oculis captus est, uenire non potuit, presbyterum suum direxit". Et, alia manu: "Primianus episcopus recognoui". Marcellinus, uir clarissimus, tribunus et notarius, dixit:  "Sed nomen ipsius debuit subscriptione teneri".
(ed. Lancel 1972: 824-826)
Session 1
182. [...] [Marcellinus] read: "I, the Presbyter Manilius of Vasua, [signed] in the place of my bishop". When he said this,
183. Marcellinus, vir clarissimus, tribune and notary, said: "In the place of what bishop?" Bishop Petilianus said: "He is deprived of light". And, by another hand: "I, Bishop Petilianus, confirm". Alypius, the bishop of the Catholic Church, said: "Let it be said whether the one for whom the subscription has been given is present". And, by another hand: "I confirm". Bishop Primianus said: "We are saying the truth: his sight is impaired, he was not able to come, he sent his presbyter". And, by another hand: "I, Bishop Primianus, confirm". Marcellinus, vir clarissimus, tribune and notary, said: "His [i.e. bishop's] name should be mentioned in the subscription".
(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. A 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.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Vasua
  • Carthage

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.


Religious grouping (other than Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian) - Donatist
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Ecclesiastical administration - Participation in councils and ecclesiastical courts
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, ER1171,