Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 908
Augustine, bishop of Hippo Regius, is accused by the Donatist Petilian of having been a Manichaean presbyter. Augustine, "Against Petilianus", Book 3, 401/403 AD.
Book 3
21. [...] Me etiam presbyterum fuisse Manicheorum uel falsus uel fallens mirabili temeritate contendat [...].
(ed. Petschenig 1909: 178)
Book 3
21. [...] Let him claim, either false himself, or the victim of some extraordinary rashness, that I was the presbyter of the Manichaeans. [...]
(trans. S. Adamiak)


In their polemics against Augustine the Donatists used also personal arguments.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Carthage

About the source:

Author: Augustine of Hippo
Title: Against Petilianus, Contra Litteras Petiliani, Contra Petilianum Revisions
Origin: Hippo Regius (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Petilianus was a Donatist bishop of Constantina (Cirta) in Numidia at the end of the fourth and the beginning of the fifth century. He wrote a letter to his clergy, in which he provided  them with arguments against the Catholics. Augustine responded to it gradually, when he was able to obtain copies of Petilianus`s work, and so he wrote the first book of his answer in 400, the second in 401, and the third between 401 and  403.
M.Petschenig ed., Sancti Aureli Augustini Contra litteras Petiliani libri tres, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 52, Vienna-Leipzig 1909, 1-122.
Saint Augustine, Answer to Petilian the Donatist, translated by J.R. King and revised by Chester D. Hartranft, Buffalo 1887;


Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Religious grouping (other than Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian) - Manichaean
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: S. Adamiak, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER908,