Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 934
An ex-Donatist presbyter, Cassianus, is the Catholic bishop of Vamaccura (North Africa), 411 AD. Account of the Acts of the Conference of Carthage, AD 411.
Session 1
128. [...] Item recitauit: "Cassianus, episcopus plebis Vamaccorensis". Idem dixit: "Praesto sum“. Donatus, episcopus civitatis suprascriptae, dixit: "Agnosco illum, presbyter meus fuit". [...]
187. [...] Item recitauit: "Donatus episcopus Vamaccorensis". Cumque accessisset, idem dixit: "Mandaui et subscripsi; et nullum habeo aduersarium in plebe, nisi solum Abessalonem". Aurelius episcopus ecclesiae catholicae Macomadiensis dixit: "Hic est episcopus praesens Cassianus". [...]
(ed. Lancel 1972: 736. 836)
Session 1
128. [...] [Marcellinus] read: "Cassianus, the bishop of the people of Vamaccura". He said: "I am present". Donatus, the bishop of the aforementioned town, said: "I recognise him, he was my presbyter".
187. [...] [Marcellinus] read: "Donatus, the bishop of Vamaccura". When he advanced, he said: "I signed the mandate. I do not have an adversary in my community, apart from Absalom". Aurelius, the bishop of the Catholic Church of Macomades said: "That it the Catholic Bishop Cassianus, present here".
(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.
Donatus, the Donatist bishop of Vamaccura, refers to his ex-presbyter Cassianus as "Absalom", in reference to the biblical son of David, Absalom, who rebelled against his father.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Vamaccura
  • 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
Change of denomination
Further ecclesiastical career - Bishop
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
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, ER934,