DescriptionOptatus Milevitanus & Victor Uticensus. Delibatio Africanae Historiae Ecclesiasticae, sive Optati Milevitani Libri VII, ad Parmenianum de Schismate Donatistarum, Victoris Uticensis Libri III. de Persecutione vandalica in Africa, Cum annotationibus ex Fr. Baldvini I.C. Commentariis rerum Ecclesisticarum. Paris: Michel Sonnius, 1569. Krown & Spellman retail: $450. 8vo. a8,e4,A-2F8,2G5. [-2G6 blank] ,170ff=340,,55ff=110,pp. Old wraps (19th c.) torn, some soiling to t.p., worming in inner margin in second half and also in outer margin of last eaves (some minor text affects). Printer's device on t.p. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
Saint Optatus, Bishop of Milevis in North Africa (fl 340) is known only by this treatise against Parmenian the Donatist, Bishop of Carthage. The Donatists were a schismatic body in the African church who refused to accept Caecilian Bishop of Carthage. They were rigorists and felt that the sacraments conferred by a 'traditores' were invalid. It drew on African regional feeling and economic unrest. It was suppressed by Rome but this was relaxed by Julian the Apostate. Optatus was the first to write against them and his work formed a starting point for Augustine's refutation. It contains many important historical documents.Victor (late 5th c.) Bishop of Vita in North Africa. His work is a history of the persecution under the Catholic Church in Africa by the Aryan Vandals under Gaiseric and Huneric (429-84). "...giving not only a trustworthy account of historical events, but also a vivid picture of the political and religious civilization of the country." ODCC. BM STC (French) 329 (var. imp. C. Fremy). Adams O213 (Fremy). Wetzer/ W.9,932f. Ungar. NB O87.
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