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E04402: Augustine of Hippo delivers a Latin sermon on a feast of martyrs. Sermon 335, preached possibly in Hippo (North Africa), possibly c. 411-412.

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Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 335

[In natali martyrum

'On the birthday of some martyrs']

1. Quoniam dies sanctorum martyrum est, unde potius aliquid delectet nos dicere, nisi de gloria ipsorum? Adiuuet nos dominus martyrum, quia ipse est corona eorum.

'Since it is the feast of the holy martyrs, what could it give us more pleasure than to talk about their glory? May the Lord of the martyrs assist us, because He is himself their crown.

In what follows Augustine refers to the martyrs and their sufferings, but does not name any specific martyr, place of martyrdom or form of cult.

Text: Patrologia Latina 38, 1470. Translation: Hill 1994, 208, Summary: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Martyrs, unnamed or name lost : S00060

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 - 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 AD 411-413 on the basis of intertextual references, but this dating is far from being sure. it was possibly preached in Hippo, Augustine's episcopal see.


Text: Migne, J.P., Patrologia Latina 38 (Paris, 1865). Translation: Hill, E., The Works of Saint Augustine: A Translation for the 21st Century, vol. III 9. Sermons 306-340A for 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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    Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity