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E01924: Augustine of Hippo preaches a sermon in Carthage (North Africa), at the altar of *Cyprian (bishop and martyr of Carthage, S00411); he mentions the joint feast of the Apostles *Peter and *Paul (S00036, and S00008). Sermon 8, written in Latin, c. 411.

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Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 8

[Habitus Carthagine ad mensam sancti Cypriani

'Preached at Carthage at the altar of saint Cyprian']

Ch. 15:
Augustine quotes the episodes from the Acts of the Apostles in which the Apostles Peter and then Paul were miraculously freed from prison. He also says that 'their feast is celebrated on the same day' (quorum natalicium uno die celebramus).

Ch. 16:
Sanctus cuius mensa est ista Cyprianus fuit aliquando uel aurum uel argentum Aegyptiorum.

'Once the saint whose altar this is, Cyprian, was the gold or silver of the Egyptians'.

Text: Lambot 1961, 92 and 93. Summary and translation: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Cyprian, bishop of Carthage (Africa) and martyr, ob. 258 : S00411 Peter the Apostle : S00036 Paul, the Apostle : S00008

Saint Name in Source

Cyprianus Petrus Paulus

Type of Evidence

Literary - Sermons/Homilies


  • Latin

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Latin North Africa

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Carthage Carthage Carthago Karthago قرطاج‎ Qarṭāj Mçidfa Carthage

Major author/Major anonymous work

Augustine of Hippo

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Cult activities - Places



This sermon deals with the Ten Plagues of Egypt. Since Augustine refers to it in his Explanation on Psalm 77, dated to AD 415, this sermon was preached earlier; according to Kunzelmann (p. 446) it was in 411.


Text: Lambot, C., Sermones de vetere testamento (1-50) (Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina, 41; Turnhout: Brepols, 1961). Translation: Hill, E., Sermons 1-19 (The Works of Saint Augustine: A Translation for the 21st Century III/1; New York: New City Press, 1990) Further reading: Kunzelmann, A., "Die Chronologie der sermones des hl. Augustinus," Miscellanea Agostiniana, vol. 2 (Rome: Poligrafia Poliglotta Vaticana, 1931), 417-452.

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    Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity