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Optatus of Thamugadi
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Optatus (fl. 388?–398 CE) was the Donatist (Donatism/Donatists) bishop of Thamugadi (Timgad), a prominent Roman military colony founded by the emperor Trajan inland among the Aurès mountain range. His episcopacy, which according to Augustine of Hippo spanned at least a decade (Aug. Parm. 2.2.4; C. litt. Petil. 1.24.26), or from approximately 388 to 398 CE, presided over a critical period in Donatist history. The details of Optatus’ life and character are only known to us through the writings o…

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Hoover, Jesse, “Optatus of Thamugadi”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 28 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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