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Breviarum Hipponense
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The Breviarium Hipponense (Hippo Breviary) is a compendium of 37 canons (plus several more from a separate manuscript tradition) drafted at the Council of Hippo in 393 CE but neither revised nor formally ratified until 397 CE. Aimed chiefly at clergy, the canons address a broad spectrum of disciplinary, liturgical, and juridical matters. The Hippo Breviary constitutes the most comprehensive collection of canon law generated by a single North African council. During the 5th century CE, it circulated widely in N…

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Merdinger, Jane, “Breviarum Hipponense”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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