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(before 354? – before 419/422), played a major role in the controversies between Donatists (Donatism) and Catholics in North Africa. Petilianus was a lawyer, and therefore had legal and rhetorical training. Around 399 he became Donatist bishop of the provincial capital Constantina in Numidia. His writings were directed against Augustine on several occasions, and he was one of the spokesmen of the Donatists at the decisive religious disputation in Carthage in 411. The effect is sti…

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Hennings, Ralph, “Petilianus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 December 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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