112 thoughts on “History byte – Augustine’s church on a hill

    • Hi, Pastor Jim! I can’t remember where I found this image. Awhile ago I did this simple post and since this was a busy time posted it now. Here is a link to a website that is new to me where there are lots of images and some history:

      https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Hippo_Regius

      Excerpt:

      “Hippo Regius was a Tyrian colony on the west coast of the bay to which it gave its name: Hipponensis Sinus, first settled by the Phoenicians probably in the 12th century BC; the surname Regius ‘of the King’ was bestowed on it as one of the places where the Numidian kings resided. The name Hippo is from Punic ûbôn ‘harbor.'[2]

      “A maritime city near the mouth of the river Ubus, it became a Roman colonia which prospered and became a major city in Roman Africa. It is perhaps most famous as the bishopric of Saint Augustine of Hippo in his later years. In AD 430, the Vandals advanced eastwards along the North African coast and laid siege to the walled city of Hippo Regius.[3] Inside, Saint Augustine and his priests prayed for relief from the invaders, knowing full well that the fall of the city would spell death or conversion to the Arian heresy for much of the Christian population. On 28 August 430, three months into the siege, St. Augustine (who was 75 years old) died,[4] perhaps from starvation or stress, as the wheat fields outside the city lay dormant and unharvested. After 14 months, hunger and the inevitable diseases were ravaging both the city inhabitants and the Vandals outside the city walls. The city fell to the Vandals and King Geiseric made it the first capital of the Vandal Kingdom until the capture of Carthage in 439.[5]

      “It was conquered by the Eastern Roman Empire in 534 and was kept under Roman rule until 698, when it fell to the Muslims; the Arabs rebuilt the town in the eighth century. The city’s later history is treated under its modern (Arabic and colonial) names.”

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      • Wow thank you for posting and giving a link. It’s sometimes hard to visualize the place where some of these historic church saints lived at and sometimes its amazing to catch a glimpse of it from the modern scene of those locations. Thanks!

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        • You are so welcome, brother! It is amazing and neat. The image I posted can be enlarged and you can say a lot of details of what appear to be Roman ruins. So glad you liked it. And thank you for your kindness in coming by and being interested, Pastor. I haven’t kept up with reading many blogs lately and I regret this and so when you comment here it is a matter for being grateful on my part.
          =)

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