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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.


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]


  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.