Parthenia (place)

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For the Renaissance music collection, see Parthenia (music).
Logo of the Internet site of Partenia

Parthenia was a city in the late Roman province of Mauretania Sitifensis, in what is now northern Algeria. Since its exact location is unknown, it may have been in the much smaller modern Sétif Province.[1][2]


There is no mention of the town in the works of ancient geographers or other writers.[2]

Formerly a major city, the episcopal see was in the 5th century abandoned and absorbed by the Sahara desert. Today, the area, about halfway between the cities of Aïn Oulmene and Bir Haddada, contains only some scattered farms.[citation needed]


In February 484, Rogatus, Bishop of Parthenia, was one of the Catholic bishops whom the Arian Vandal Huneric summoned to a meeting at Carthage and then exiled.[2][3]

After the abandonment of the city, the bishopric became a merely titular see and is included in the Catholic Church's list of such sees.[1]

The titular see was assigned to Bishop Jacques Gaillot when he was transferred on 13 January 1995 from the residential diocese of Évreux in France. Gaillot had been noted for his public expression of support for married priests and the use of condoms and for taking a lenient view with regard to homosexual activity and procurement of abortion. The other French bishops complained to him for breaching the confidentiality of the meetings of the episcopal conference and for voicing positions contrary to the Church's magisterium. The president of the conference appealed to him, "if not to retract, then at least to cease making declarations opposed to the teachings and doctrine of the Catholic Church".[4]

On his removal from the see of Évreux, Gaillot established an Internet site, called by the Italian version of the name of his titular see (Partenia), in which to express his idea.[5]

See also[edit]



  • Jacques Gaillot: EGLISE VIRTUELLE, EGLISE DE L'AN 2000. Un évêque au royaume d'Internet. Editions Albin Michel, 7. Januar 1999, ISBN 978-2226106735
  • Pierre Pierrard: A nous la parole : Partenia, dix ans. Harmattan 17. Oktober 2012, Kindle Edition, ASIN B00814BKFQ

Coordinates: 35°56′38″N 5°21′11″E / 35.9438°N 5.3530°E / 35.9438; 5.3530