Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1635
Bishop Fortis exhorts the presbyters of Cirta to reconcile with Deacon Nundinarius. AD 320.
[...] dabitis quam plurime tu, possessor Donati presbyter, singuli Ualeri et Uictor, qui omnia scitis acta, date operam, ut pax sit uobiscum.
(ed. Ziwsa 1893: 191)
[...] You, Possesor and presbyter Dontius, will give as much as possible; and you, Valerius and Victor, who know all the proceedings, will severally take care that peace be with you.
(trans. M. Edwards 1997: 160)

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Constantina

About the source:

Title: Gesta apud Zenophilum
Origin: Milevis (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
In 320 AD the process was staged before Zenophilus, against Silvanus, the Donatist bishop of Cirta, accused of many crimes, among them simony. The proceedings of the process were preserved and transmitted in the dossier of anti-Donatist documents, probably gathered by the Catholics between 330 and 347. Their only complete text comes from the 9th c. manuscript of the work of Optatus (the manuscript of Cormery), so they are usually edited together with the works of Optatus; their authenticity is discussed, but rather accepted. They were known to Optatus and to Augustine, who uses them in "Against Cresconius".
K. Ziwsa ed., S. Optati Milevitani libri VII accedunt decem monumenta vetera ad Donatistarum historia pertinentia, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 26, Prague-Wien-Leipzig 1893.
Optatus: Against the Donatists, translated and edited by Mark Edwards, Liverpool 1997.
Y. Duval, Chrétiens d’Afrique à l’aube de la paix constantinienne: les premiers échos de la grande persécution, Paris 2000.


Religious grouping (other than Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian) - Donatist
Functions within the Church - Urban presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
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