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E01786: Augustine of Hippo preaches two sermons at the feast of *Cyprian (bishop and martyr of Carthage, S00411) in Carthage (North Africa). Exposition 2 on Psalm 32 (sermon 1), written in Latin in North Africa, c. 403.

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Augustine of Hippo, Exposition 2 on Psalm 32, sermon 1 (lemma in Codex Neapolitanus 13)

In Mappalibus. Per vigilias sancti martyris Cypriani.

'At Mappalia. On the vigil of St Cyprian the martyr'.

Exposition 2 on Psalm 32, sermon 1 (lemma in Codex Neapolitanus 13)

Ad mensam eius

'At his altar (mensa)'

Exposition 2 on Psalm 32, sermon 2.1

... Psalmi huius primarum partium pauci uersus uigiliarum nuper actarum sollemnitate tractati sunt; quod restat audiamus.

'... A few verses from the first part of this psalm were discussed recently at the solemn vigil. Let us listen to the rest.'

Exposition 2 on Psalm 32, sermon 2.9

... Locus iste, quando martyris beati corpus percussum est, lupis plenus erat; uicit tot lupos una ouis capta, et impleuit locum ouibus ouis occisa.

'... This very place in which the body of the blessed martyr was struck was then full of wolves. And one captured sheep won over so many wolves, and this killed sheep filled the place with sheep.'

Text: Dekkers and Fraipont 1956. Translation: 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

  • Sermon/homily

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Cult activities - Places


Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops


The Expositions on the Psalms are based on Augustine's homilies preached either in Hippo or other places in North Africa in the period from 392 to 417. According to la Bonnardière, 76-79, the two sermons which constitute the second exposition on Psalm 32 were preached in 403, for Augustine refers in them to the council held this year at Carthage. Both sermons were delivered in this city at the feast of *Cyprian, martyr at Carthage, which is attested by the lemmas in Codex Napolitanus 13. Sermon 1 was preached at the vigil of the feast, in the basilica called Mappalia, at the tomb of Cyprian, and Sermon 2 on the feast day, in another church, at the place of his execution, known otherwise as Ager Sexti.


Edition: Dekkers, E., and Fraipont, J., Enarrationes in psalmos (Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina 38; Turnhout: Brepols, 1956). Further reading: La Bonnardière, M.A., "Les Enarrationes in Psalmos prêchées par saint Augustin à l'occasion de fêtes des martyrs," Recherches Augustiniennes 7 (1971), 73-104. About the topography of Christian Carthage: Ennabli, L., Carthage, une métropole chrétienne du IVe à la fin du VIIe siècle (Paris: CNRS Éditions, 1997). Leone, A., Changing Townscapes in North Africa from Late Antiquity to the Arab Conquest (Bari: Edipuglia, 2007).

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