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E03369: Augustine of Hippo delivers a Latin sermon, probably on the feast of *Cyprian (bishop and martyr of Carthage, S00411). Sermon 313F, preached at an unknown date, probably at the end of the 390s in Carthage, in the basilica of Mappalia.

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posted on 2017-07-20, 00:00 authored by robert
Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 313F

[Habitus in basilica beati martyris Cypriani in Mappalibus die natalis eius

'Preached in the basilica of the blessed martyr Cyprian in the Mappalia, on his birthday']

The main topic of the sermon is hope. It does not mention Cyprian.

Summary: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Cyprian, bishop of Carthage (Africa) and martyr, ob. 258 : S00411

Saint Name in Source


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


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 - Liturgical Activity

  • Service for the Saint

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops


The sermon is linked with the feast of Cyprian and to Carthage only through its lemma in the manuscript tradition. The contents do not name Cyprian, but show that the sermon was most probably preached outside Hippo during Augustine's episcopate, for in the opening sentence he addresses his colleague, almost certainly a local bishop.


The Basilica of the Mappalia was certainly devoted to Cyprian. It was most probably the place when his body was deposited (see Ennabli 1997, 21-24).


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 306-340A 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. Basilica: Ennabli, L., Carthage. Une métropole chrétienne du IVe à la fin du VIIe siècle (Paris: CNRS Éditions, 1997).

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