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Diocese of Africa

Diocese of Africa
Dioecesis Africae
Diocese of the Roman Empire
314 – 432
Location of Diocese of Africa
Diocese of Africa - AD 400
Capital Carthage
Historical era Late Antiquity
 -  Administrative reforms of Diocletian 314
 -  Arrival of Vandals 429
 -  Vandals sack Carthage 432
Political subdivisions Africa proconsularis
Byzacena
Numidia
Mauretania Sitifensis
Mauretania Caesariensis
Tripolitana
Today part of  Algeria
 Tunisia
 Libya

The Diocese of Africa (Latin: Dioecesis Africae) was a diocese of the later Roman Empire, incorporating the provinces of North Africa, except Mauretania Tingitana. Its seat was at Carthage, and it was subordinate to the Praetorian prefecture of Italy.

The diocese included the provinces of Africa proconsularis (also known as Zeugitana), Byzacena, Mauretania Sitifensis, Mauretania Caesariensis, Numidia Cirtensis, Numidia Militiana and Tripolitania. In current geo-political terms, the Diocese of Africa included the entire coastline of Algeria and Tunisia, with some mountainous hinterlands, plus the western half of Libya's coastline.

The diocese existed from the time of the Vandals, and after their defeat and the reconquest of Africa by the Eastern Roman Empire in the Vandalic War, they were grouped anew, but this time in a praetorian prefecture.

Sources

  • R. Pierce Beaver (June 1936). "The Organization of the Church of Africa on the Eve of the Vandal Invasion". Church History (in inglês) (American Society of Church History) 5 (02): 68–181.  

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