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Collatio cum Donatistis
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The Collatio cum Donatistis was a three-day meeting held in Carthage between the Caecilianist and Donatist factions of the African church, attended by over 500 bishops, ostensibly to determine which was the “true catholic church.”

A verbatim transcript of most of the conference, offering a detailed snapshot of the African episcopate in the early 5th century CE, survives in a single manuscript (Paris BN lat. 1546) derived from an edition made by a certain Marcellus, who added a set of capitula epitomizing…

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Bass, Alden, “Collatio cum Donatistis”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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