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Commune and town
Country  Algeria
Province Mascara Province
Population (1998)
 • Total 4,530
Time zone CET (UTC+1)

Beniane is a town and commune in Mascara Province, Algeria. According to the 1998 census it has a population of 4,530.[1]


Modern Beniane corresponds to the ancient city of Ala Miliaria in the Roman province of Mauretania Caesariensis, which was the episcopal see of Mensius, one of the Catholic bishops whom the Arian Vandal king Huneric summoned to Carthage in 484 and then exiled. Archaeological excavations in the early 20th century brought to light inscriptions showing that there was a strong Donatist presence in Ala Miliaria, with bishops named Nemessanus (404-422) and Donatus (c. 439).[2][3][4]

No longer a residential bishopric, Ala Miliaria is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[5]


  1. ^ Statoids
  2. ^ J. Mesnage, L'Afrique chrétienne, Paris 1912, p. 477
  3. ^ Auguste Audollent, v. Ala Miliaria, in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. I, Paris 1909, coll. 1332-1334
  4. ^ Stefano Antonio Morcelli, Africa christiana, Volume I, Brescia 1816, p. 73
  5. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 828

Coordinates: 35°06′N 0°14′E / 35.100°N 0.233°E / 35.100; 0.233