Urusi

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Urusi was a civitas and ancient episcopal see of the Roman province of Africa Proconsularis in present-day Tunisia.

The town flourished from 30BC until 640AD[1] and has been tentatively identified with ruins at Henchir Soudga, (9.57727n 35.98709e)[2][3] in Siliana Governorate. The ruins lie just outside the Jebel Serj National Park.

Bishopric[edit]

The town was made famous by the courage of the martyr Mansuetus of Urusi, who was burned alive, according to Victor of Vita[4] at the gate of Urusi. In 305, during the same persecution the basilicas of Lemsa, Zama and Furni, Tunisia had been burned.

The Diocese was re-created in name at least,in 1933 as a titular see and listed in the Annuario Pontificio.[5][6]

Known bishops[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ R. B. Hitchner Urusi at Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places (2012).
  2. ^ R. Cagnat and A. Merlin, Atlas archéologique de la Tunisie (1:100, 000), (Paris, 1914–32). p.30.10
  3. ^ Barrington Atlas: BAtlas 33 E1.
  4. ^ Victor of Vita, History of the persecution by the Vandals, I, 3.
  5. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), "Sedi titolari", pp. 819-1013
  6. ^ "Titular Episcopal See of Urusi". GCatholic.org. Retrieved 25 June 2015.