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Marculus
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Marculus (d. 347 CE) was an African bishop and martyr, a victim of one of the first anti-Donatist persecutions. His story was used by Donatists as evidence of Caecilianist collaboration with state-sponsored violence, while for Caecilianists, who viewed his death as self-inflicted, it was proof of Donatist extremism (Donatism/Donatists).

Marculus’ biography is known only from the Passion of Marculus, a hagiography written soon after his death (Monceaux, 1920, 74; Mastandrea, 1995 is the best edition). He w…

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Bass, Alden, “Marculus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00002090>
First published online: 2018



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