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Cresconius (fl. 410 CE) was a layman who belonged to the Donatist Church; his name is fairly widespread in Roman Africa, even though it is hard to exactly pinpoint the area in which he lived (Afer in Africa; Aug. Cresc. 4.66.83; also 3.25.28; 4.43.51). He taught children grammar (Grammaticus; Cresc. 2.6.8; 2.8.10) and was active during the first years of the 5th century CE.

Our only available source of information is Augustine of Hippo’s Contra Cresconium grammaticum et donatistam, written in 405–406 CE. Controversies opposing Donatists a…

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Vercruysse, Jean-Marc, “Cresconius”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 15 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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