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E04434: Augustine of Hippo preaches in Latin a sermon on martyrs. Sermon 335B, delivered on an unspecified date, probably in 410/421, in an unknown city in North Africa, possibly in Hippo.

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Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 335B

[De natale sanctorum martyrum

'On the birthday of some martyrs']

The sermon is entirely devoted to the martyrs, but does not refer to any specific personage, place or form of cult. Augustine quotes a fragment of an imaginary dialogue between the judge and the martyr, which however does not seem to be taken from any specific acts of the martyrs.

Summary: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Martyrs, unnamed or name lost : S00060

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

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

  • Sermon/homily

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops


The sermon is tentatively dated to AD 410-412 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: 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.

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