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Pontianus Africae was an African bishop in the 6th century CE. Little is known about his life and career. No specialized monographs or articles on Pontianus have ever been published. Evidently, he wrote a letter to the emperor Justinian I in 544/545 CE, objecting to the emperor’s condemnation of the “Three Chapters” (PL 67.995–998). Several still extant writings by Roman North African clergy, such as Ferrandus of Carthage, Liberatus of Carthage, and Facundus of Hermiana, tell us that oppositi…

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Sato, Makiko, “Pontianus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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