Midès (also called Midas) is a mountain oasis in Tunisia. As Ancient Mades, it was a bishopric and remains a Latin Catholic titular see.
It has a pleasant canyon and an abandoned village. It is located in the hill country near the border with Algeria, and is 6 km from Tamerza.
The canyon was used for filming Raiders of the Lost Ark and The English Patient.
Mades was among the many towns that were important enough in the Roman province of Numidia to become a suffragan bishopric, in the papal sway.
Its only historically documented bishop, Petrus, participated in the synod, called in Carthage by the Vandal Kingdom's ruler Huneric in 484, after which he went in exile, like many Catholic bishops, unlike their Donatist heretic counterparts.
The diocese was nominally restored in 1933 as Titular bishopric of Mades (Latin = Curiate Italian) / Maden(sis) (Latin adjective).
It had had the following incumbents, so far of the fitting Episcopal (lowest) rank :
Sources and external links
- Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig 1931, p. 466
- Stefano Antonio Morcelli, Africa christiana, Volume I, Brescia 1816, p. 210
Coordinates: 34°23?N 7°53?E / 34.383°N 7.883°E