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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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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.

History

Evidence ID

E03369

Saint Name

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

Saint Name in Source

Cyprianus

Type of Evidence

Literary - Sermons/Homilies

Language

Latin

Evidence not before

397

Evidence not after

430

Activity not before

397

Activity not after

430

Place of Evidence - Region

Latin North Africa

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Carthage

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

Source

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.

Discussion

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).

Bibliography

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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