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E02627: Augustine of Hippo preaches in Latin a sermon on the feast of the Apostles *Peter (S00036) and *Paul (S00008). Sermon 299C, preached possibly in Hippo Regius (North Africa), c. 412.

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posted on 2017-03-29, 00:00 authored by robert
Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 299C

1. Beati apostoli Petrus et Paulus diuersis temporibus sunt uocati, et uno die coronati. Petrum Dominus uocauit ante omnes, Paulum post omnes, apostolorum Petrus primus, Paulus nouissimus: adduxit eos ad unum diem primus et nouissimus.

'The blessed Apostles Peter and Paul were called at different times, and crowned on the same day. The Lord called Peter before all the others; Paul after all the others; Peter the first of the apostles, Paul the last; they were led to martyrdom on one and the same day by the First and the Last.'

In what follows Augustine comments upon New Testament episodes concerning Peter and, especially, Paul.

Text: Morin 1930, 521. Translation: Hill 1994, 250. Summary: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Peter the Apostle : S00036 Paul, the Apostle : S00008

Saint Name in Source

Petrus Paulus

Type of Evidence

Literary - Sermons/Homilies



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 - Liturgical Activity

  • Service for the Saint

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops


The sermon is tentatively dated to 412 on the basis of intertextual references and its place in the collection of Augustine's sermons. Hippo, Augustine's episcopal see, is just a default location.


It is interesting to remark that in this sermon Augustine claims that Peter and Paul suffered martyrdom on the very same day, whereas in his Sermon 295 he suggested that they died on the same day, but not the same year, see E02589.


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 9, Sermons 273-305A on the Saints (New York: New City Press, 1994). Dating: Kunzelmann, A., "Die Chronologie der sermones des hl. Augustinus," Miscellanea Agostiniana, vol. 2 (Rome: Tipografia Poliglotta Vaticana, 1931), 417-452.

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