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The rebellious movement of the Circumcelliones (according to Augustine, from circum cellas vagare ) spread in Numidia around AD 340 in the region of the Donatist Church [1]. The Circumcelliones, about whom reports first appeared around 320, were poor field workers, mainly day labourers, who had given up their work and who were initially also joined by small landowners ruined by debt. Apart from financial problems around 340, the main reason for the movement's existence from 345 onwards was th…

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Scheid, John (Paris), “Circumcelliones”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 29 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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