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E04486: Augustine of Hippo preaches in Latin a sermon, probably on the feast of martyrs. Sermon 335J, delivered in an unknown place in North Africa, possibly in Hippo Regius, on an unspecified date c. 400/430.

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Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 335J

[In die natali martyrum

'On the birthday of some martyrs']

1. Martyres sancti, testes Christi, usque ad sanguinem contra peccatum pugnauerunt, quia ipse in illis fuit, per quem uicerunt.

'The holy martyrs, witness of Christ, fought against sin and the shedding of their blood, because he was in them, and it was through him that they overcame.'

In what follows Augustine explains how the example of the martyrs can be followed by his audience in their fight against sin, and does not refer to any specific saints or their cult.

Text: Patrologiae Latinae Supplementum 2, 839. Translation: Hill 1994, 252. 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 dating of this sermon and the place in which it was preached are uncertain. In could have been preached at Hippo, Augustine's episcopal see.


Text: Hamman, A., Patrologiae Latinae Suppelementum, vol. 2 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1960). 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).

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    Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity