Town and Country in Roman Africa

W. H. C. Frend

in The Donatist Church

Published in print November 1985 | ISBN: 9780198264088
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682704 | DOI:
Town and Country in Roman Africa

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Before discussing the geographical distribution of Donatist and Catholic communities, this chapter describes the type of society that grew up on the Tell and High Plains, and which formed the environment of the rival Churches. The villages had founded their future well being on a firmer basis than had the towns. Even if one resists the temptation to regard the ruthless suppression of the revolt of the Gordians in 238 as an uncontrolled outbreak of ill feeling on the part of the Numidians, who formed a large portion of the Third Legion, against the romanized citizens, it is clear that this event is of great significance in the history of North Africa. The cities never recovered from the pillage and sack they suffered. It was at this moment that the great changes in popular religion began to take place.

Keywords: Donatism; Catholic; slavery; Roman occupation; Proconsular Africa; North Africa

Chapter.  7314 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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