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Thignica was a town in the Roman province of Africa Proconsularis.

The town[edit]

Its ruins are called Aïn Tounga, southwest of Testour, Tunisia. They are very extensive and cover the summit and slopes of a series of hills. One inscription calls the town "Civitas Thignicensis" (the city of Thignica) and states that it was divided into three parts, another that it became a municipium at the beginning of the 3rd century under the name of "municipium Septimium Aurelium Antoninianum Herculeum Frugiferum Thignica". Towards the centre of the ruins is a Byzantine fortress, trapezoidal in shape, flanked by five square towers. Here an inscription makes mention of the proconsul Domitius Zenophilus (326-32), famous in the annals of Christian Africa. Among the other ruins are a small triumphal arch, a temple, a Christian church, the remains of the enclosure, etc.[1]

The bishopric[edit]

Despite the splendour and importance of this town we know only one bishop, Aufidius, who assisted in 411 at the Conference of Carthage, where he had a Donatist rival.[1]


  1. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg "Thignica". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.