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Augustine: The Confessions

G Clark

Augustine: The Confessions

G Clark

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When Augustine wrote his Confessions in the last years of the fourth century, he was just over forty and had abandoned a successful career for a life of prayer and study. He interpreted his past life as a search for God, in which understanding and commitment had been frustrated by wrong education, mistaken ambition, sexual desire and sinful nature. Some readers are inspired by his brilliance and devotion, others think he misread his own past. This book discusses the transformation of Augustine's own life and of the late Roman world, the structure, style and purpose of the Confessions, and the problems of rhetoric and truth posed by Augustine's account of himself. It concludes with a brief overview of the influence of this landmark text in the history of European culture.

- Publisher Augustine's Confessions, written at the end of the fourth century, is a landmark text in the history of European culture. Augustine tells how and why he abandoned a successful career to follow a life of prayer and study, and how he sought for a true understanding of God and the Bible.

- Publisher

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When Augustine wrote his Confessions in the last years of the fourth century, he was just over forty and had abandoned a successful career for a life of prayer and study. He interpreted his past life as a search for God, in which understanding and commitment had been frustrated by wrong education, mistaken ambition, sexual desire and sinful nature. Some readers are inspired by his brilliance and devotion, others think he misread his own past. This book discusses the transformation of Augustine's own life and of the late Roman world, the structure, style and purpose of the Confessions, and the problems of rhetoric and truth posed by Augustine's account of himself. It concludes with a brief overview of the influence of this landmark text in the history of European culture.
- Publisher

Augustine's Confessions, written at the end of the fourth century, is a landmark text in the history of European culture. Augustine tells how and why he abandoned a successful career to follow a life of prayer and study, and how he sought for a true understanding of God and the Bible.
- Publisher

Table Of Contents

  • Part I. Augustine's World: 1. Africa: World Politics
  • 2. Thagaste: Family, Church And School
  • 3. Carthage: Rhetoric And Religion
  • 4. Africa To Italy: Manichees And Pagans
  • 5. Milan: Worldly Success And Renunciation
  • 6. Return To Africa: Monks And Bishops
  • Part Ii. Genre: Describing A Life: 7. 'the First Ten Books Are About Me
  • ...'
  • 8. 'i Want To Know All About You'
  • 9. Spiritual Biography
  • Part Iii. True Confessions? Narrative And Memory: 10. What Really
  • Happened?
  • 11. Multiple Readings And Exegesis
  • 12. Narrative And Memory
  • 13. Telling Stories
  • 14. Augustine's Conversion
  • Part Iv. Speaking The Truth: Rhetoric And Style: 15. Sermo Humilis And
  • Variation Of Style
  • 16. Intertexts: Bible, Classical Culture And Philosophy
  • 17. Hearing The Confessions
  • Part V. Finding Meanings: Augustine At Carthage
  • Part Vi. Reading The Confessions.

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  • Catalogue Code 97534
  • Product Code 052140942X
  • EAN 9780521409421
  • Pages 122
  • Department Academic
  • Category Classic
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Sep 1993
  • Dimensions 197 x 128 x 9 mm
  • Weight 0.141kg

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