University of Oxford

File(s) not publicly available

E02217: Augustine of Hippo refers to his sermon, preached at the memorial shrine (memoria) of *Theogenes (bishop and martyr of Hippo, S01133). Sermon 272B, delivered in Hippo (North Africa) in AD 417.

online resource
posted on 2017-01-04, 00:00 authored by robert
Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 272B

Augustine explains, referring to the history of Tobias the meaning of the Jewish and Christian celebration of the Pentecost.

2. Audistis mane, qui fuistis intenti, cum legeretur lectio Tobiae ad memoriam beati Theogenis, quod in die pentecostes sibi fecerit prandium, inuitaturus aliquos de suis, qui digni essent participare cum illo mensam, ex eo quod esset timor in eis domini.

'You heard earlier this morning, those of you who were paying attention, when the reading from Tobit was being read at the memorial shrine (memoria) of the blessed Theogenes, how on the day of Pentecost he made a dinner for himself, intending to invite others of his people who would be worthy to share his table, seeing that they had in them the fear of the Lord.'

Text: Morin 1930, 23. Translation: Hill 1993, 305. Summary: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Theogenes, bishop and probably martyr at Hippo, ob. c. 258 : S01133

Saint Name in Source


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

Hippo Regius

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

Hippo Regius Carthage Carthago Karthago قرطاج‎ Qarṭāj Mçidfa Carthage

Major author/Major anonymous work

Augustine of Hippo

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops


This sermon was delivered in Hippo Regius in 417; the dating is based on intertextual references with other works of Augustine.


Text: Morin, G., Sancti Augustini Sermones post Maurinos reperti (Miscellanea Agostiniana, vol. 1; Rome: Tipografia Poliglotta Vaticana, 1930). Translation: Hill, E., The Works of Saint Augustine. A Translation for the 21st Century, vol. III 7, Sermons 230-272B on the Liturgical Seasons (New York: New City Press, 1993). Dating: Kunzelmann, A., "Die Chronologie der sermones des hl. Augustinus," Miscellanea Agostiniana, vol. 2 (Rome: Tipografia Poliglotta Vaticana, 1931), 417-452.

Usage metrics

    Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity



    Ref. manager