historical timeline

of the African Provinces

600 - 699 C.E.
700 - 799 C.E.
800 - 899 C.E.
900 - 999 C.E.
500s
Ghanaian empire most important power in West Africa.
500s
Monasteries in Alexandria identified by milestones on the way to Mareotis, Pempton (fifth mile), Ennaton (ninth mile), Dekaton (tenth Oktokaidekaton (eighteenth mile) Eikoston (twentieth); Monastery of St. Jeremiah at Saqqara; Apophthegmata Patrum (Sayings of the Desert Fathers) compiled at Wadi al-Natrunl Ghanaian empire most important power in West Africa.
505
Death of Eugenius, bishop of Carthage.
512
Severus (d. 465) consecrated bishop of Antioch (512-538), author of numerous Homilies and Letters; he was the exegetical and theological leader of non-Chalcedonians of Egypt.
512-532
Fulgentius (Fulgence), bishop of Ruspe (467-532) writes his Letters, The Rule of Faith, Synodal Letter of Fulgence of Ruspe and Other African Bishops, to John and Venerius, answers semi-Pelagian views.
516
Dioscorus II Coptic patriarch of Alexandria.
517-535
Timothy III Coptic patriarch of Alexandria.
518
Anti-Chalcedonian Julian of Halicarnassus is exiled to Egypt.
518-538
Bishop Severus of Antioch has lengthy exile to Sakha, Egypt; he teaches in non-Chalcedonian monasteries in Egypt.
519
End of Acacian Schism and acceptance of Chalcedon in East, excepting "monophysites" who are still persecuted in Egypt and throughout North Africa; official shunning of Coptic. language and intellectual tradition by Byzantines.
519
End of Acacian Schism and acceptance of Chalcedon in East, excepting "monophysites" who are still persecuted in Egypt and throughout North Africa.
520–547
Ferrandus, a disciple of Fulgentius, is deacon of the church of Carthage.
523
Vandal king Thrasamund dies.
527-565
Era of Justinian the Great, Byzantine emperor, Code of Justinian; Imperial laws
529
Benedict of Nursia (480-547) founds monasteries on Pachomian lines of discipline at Montecassino and Subiaco in the Italian Aniene valley, continuing many patterns of African.monasticism through the Benedictine rule.
530
Death of Vandal king Hilderic.
532
Death of Fulgentius of Ruspe.
533
Byzantine General Belisarius uproots Vandals from North Africa and reconquers Egypt, restoring the empire almost to its former dimensions from Mauretania to Armenia, building many fortresses and basilicas in Africa; now Byzantine forms of Christian architecture appear throughout North Africa.
534
Death of Vandal king Gelimer.
536-566
Anti-Chalcedonian Theodosius I, patriarch of Alexandria, author of Homilies.
536-567
Justinian establishes Chalcedonian episcopal hierarchy in Alexandria until rise of Islam; built Angelion Church in Serapium area (destroyed in tenth century), but patriarch remained largely physically removed from Alexandria in perpetual exile.
538-540
Chalcedonian patriarch Paul Tabennesiota, succeeded by Zoilus in 540, Apollinaris in 551, and John in 570.
540
Three Christian Kingdoms now lie south of Egypt: Nobatia (cap. Faras), Makuria (Dongola), Alwa (Soba.)
543
Edict against Origenism
544
Three Chapters controversy enflames conflicts between Copts and other Orthodox Christians.
546
Justinian condemns the Three Chapters; first move to reconciliation with Monophysites.
547-565
Construction of St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai.
c. 550
Cassiodorus founds the monastery, Vivarium, in Calabria in southern Italy, with scriptorium out of which many texts originally written in Africa became first known to Europeans and accessible to pre-medieval monastic libraries, conveying the fourth century African intellectual tradition to sixth century Europe for the first time.
c. 550
Cassiodorus founds the monastery Vivarium in Calabria in southern Italy, with scriptorium out of which many texts originally written in Africa became first known to Europeans and accessible to pre-medieval monastic libraries, conveying the fourth century African intellectual tradition to sixth century Europe for the first time.
552
Death of Verecundus of Iunca in Byzacena.
553
Fifth ecumenical council, Second " Council of Constantinople; Condemnation of Three Chapters.
560-570
Primasius, bishop of Hadrumetum, author of Commentary on the Apocalypse and Letters.
c. 563
Columba's (c. 521-597) mission to Iona begins bringing African penitential discipline to Scots.
c. 563
Columba's (c. 521-597) mission to lona begins bringing African penitential discipline to Scots.
564-577
Non-Chalcedonian Paul of Antioch as patriarch of Alexandria.
567
Philosopher John Philoponos attempts Aristotelian interpretation of Trinity, resisted by most Copts.
567-576
Peter IV patriarch of Alexandria; over 600 Coptic monasteries flourish in Egypt.
c. 570-649
John Climacus of Sinai.
570s
Chalcedonians send mission to the Kingdom of Makurrah.
576-605
Damian, patriarch of Alexandria, author of Synodicon defends counter-Chalcedonian Christology.
578-615
Peripatetic ascetic John Moschus accompanied by with Sophronius (550-638) in Alexandria and Sinai, writes Pratum spirituale, Life of John the Almsgiver; Christmas Sermon; he is elected patriarch of Jerusalem (634-638); his Synodical Letter counters monophysite teaching in Egypt and Palestine.
585
Columbanus (545-615) from Ireland to Gaul, founds monastery of Luxeuil, bringing African orthodox penitential tradition in a great circle back to Europe from Ireland to serve Europe's early medieval formation.
590-604
Pope Gregory the Great (540-604) brings Augustinian theology to normative status in the west; inaugurates mission to England.
595
Heraclius the elder, leading general of the Emperor Maurice, becomes exarch of Carthage; he is the father of Byzantine Emperor Heraclius the younger.
598
Birth of Samuel, who headed Monastery Dair Anba Samuel at al-Qalamun in western Egyptian desert