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The Donatist ChurchA Movement of Protest in Roman North Africa$
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W. H. C. Frend

Print publication date: 1985

Print ISBN-13: 9780198264088

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264088.001.0001

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The Geographical Distribution of Donatism

The Geographical Distribution of Donatism

(p.48) IV The Geographical Distribution of Donatism
The Donatist Church

W. H. C. Frend

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It is against the background of different landscapes and cultures that one examines the geographical distribution of Donatists and Catholics in North Africa. By far the most valuable source is the verbatim record of the Conference of Carthage, held between the two communities in June 411. This chapter notes that Donatism does not stand alone as an example of a dissenting form of Christianity which found acceptance in the villages and among a population little affected by classical culture. In Asia Minor, for instance, contrary to the general practice among the Catholics, the Novatian bishops often had their sees in villages, while their councils, at Pazos in 368 and Mylukoméin 515, met in villages also. The tradition of dissent from the Catholic religion in some parts of the country seems to have been continuous.

Keywords:   Catholics, North Africa, Carthage, Christianity, Asia Minor

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