Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 983
The Donatists have the presbyter Maximianus in Megalopolis (North Africa), AD 411. Account of the Acts of the Conference of Carthage, AD 411.
Session 1
133. [...] Et recitauit: "Romanus episcopus plebis Meglapolitanae, coram uiro clarissimo tribuno et notario Marcellino, suprascripta mandaui et subscripsi Carthagini". Quo recitato, idem dixit: "E diuerso non habeo". Felix episcopus dixit: "Presbyterum habemus Maximianum, praesto est". [...]
(ed. Lancel 1972: 766)
Session 1
133. [...] [Marcellinus] read: "I, Romanus, the bishop of the people of Megalopolis, signed the aforementioned mandate before Marcellinus, vir clarissimus, tribune and notary, in Carthage." When it was read, he said: "There is nobody against me." [Donatist] Bishop Felix said: "We have got the presbyter Maximianus there, he is present." [...]
(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.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Canopi

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
Functions within the Church - Parish presbyter
Functions within the Church - Rural presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Specific number of presbyters from the same church
    Ecclesiastical administration - Participation in councils and ecclesiastical courts
    Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: S. Adamiak, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER983,