On the occasion of the sixteenth centenary of the Conlatio cum donatistis held in Carthage in June 411 under the decisive influence of St. Augustine, this note describes the most important phases of the preparation and development of the meeting which gathered in Carthage nearly six hundred bishops from both parties, then highlights the various points of interest offered by the survived documentation – the Gesta conlationis in particular – along with some anti-donatist texts written by Augustine after the Conlatio. The study of donatism, which still continues without interruptions, can provide some elements of discussion on the worrying connection between religion and violence, that today has come back into the news.

(author: Daniele Gianotti)

Summary ed.29 (I/2011)